- It perpetuates a negative mindset: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7a When we constantly play the victim, we allow negative thoughts and emotions to take root in our hearts, leading to a negative mindset.
- It can damage relationships: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11a Playing the victim can cause strain in relationships, but encouragement and building each other up can help repair and strengthen relationships.
- It can limit personal growth: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13 Playing the victim can cause us to feel helpless and limited in our abilities, but we can find strength in Christ to grow and develop personally.
- It can lead to a lack of accountability: “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” – Romans 14:12 Playing the victim can cause us to avoid taking responsibility for our actions, but we will all be held accountable for our choices before God.
- It can hinder problem-solving skills: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7 Playing the victim can lead to a defeatist attitude, but the power, love, and self-control given by God can help us overcome obstacles and find solutions.
- It can be perceived as unattractive: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” – Philippians 2:3 Playing the victim can be unattractive to others, but valuing others above ourselves and showing humility can help us build healthy relationships.
- It can lead to a victim mentality: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13 Playing the victim can lead to a victim mentality, but finding strength in Christ can help us overcome obstacles and avoid a defeatist attitude.
- It can lower self-esteem: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” – Psalm 139:13-14a Playing the victim can lower our self-esteem, but remembering that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God can help us see our worth and value.
- It can lead to missed opportunities: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6 Playing the victim can cause us to miss opportunities, but trusting in the Lord and submitting to Him can help us find the paths that lead to success and fulfillment.
- It can lead to a lack of empathy: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2 Playing the victim can cause us to focus solely on our own problems, but bearing each other’s burdens and showing empathy can help us build stronger, more compassionate relationships.
My final thoughts on Peggy McIntosh
Peggy McIntosh’s essay on White Privilege argues that white people benefit from a system of privilege that is often invisible to them. The author uses personal examples to illustrate how being white grants advantages in areas such as education, housing, and employment and suggests that acknowledging this privilege is the first step towards dismantling it.
As a Christian, I find this premise problematic. The idea of privileging one group of people over another goes against the biblical principle of treating all people as equals in the eyes of God. McIntosh’s argument seems to suggest that white people should feel guilty or ashamed of their skin color, which is not a healthy or productive way to approach issues of race.
Furthermore, McIntosh’s essay does not take into account the many factors that contribute to success and disadvantage in society. While it is true that being white can confer advantages in certain situations, there are many other factors that come into play, such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, and personal connections.
Finally, the concept of white privilege is not a universal truth. There are many white people who struggle with poverty, discrimination, and other forms of disadvantage. To suggest that all white people benefit from privilege is simplistic and ignores the complexity of individual experiences.
In conclusion, while Peggy McIntosh’s essay on White Privilege brings attention to important issues surrounding race and inequality, as a Christian, I find the premise problematic and oversimplified. It is important to acknowledge and address issues of systemic racism and inequality, but not at the expense of demonizing or shaming one particular group of people.
Trying to get better
Are you someone who tends to overthink and get stuck in analysis paralysis, making it difficult to achieve your goals? If so, you’re not alone. However, there is a way to overcome this obstacle and work towards achieving success through small, incremental changes every day.
Content creation coach, Doc Rock, recommends adopting the Dave Brosford theory of marginal gains, which involves working every day to get 1% better at something. This means making small, achievable changes every day that can lead to significant progress in the long run. Whether it’s learning a new skill, improving your writing abilities, or becoming healthier, this theory can be applied to various areas in your life.
It’s important to focus on long-term progress and avoid being discouraged by the instant gratification culture we live in. Success is not achieved overnight, but rather through consistent effort and dedication over time. By breaking down your goals into small, achievable steps, you can gradually build momentum and achieve significant progress toward your goals.
For example, if your goal is to become healthier, you can start by making small changes to your diet or incorporating a daily exercise routine. As you begin to see progress, you can gradually increase the intensity or duration of your workouts or make further improvements to your diet. Over time, these small changes will add up and lead to significant progress toward your goal.
In summary, overthinking can hinder your progress toward your goals and lead to analysis paralysis. Applying the Dave Brosford theory of marginal gains can help you overcome overthinking and achieve success through small, incremental changes every day. Remember to focus on long-term progress and celebrate your progress along the way. By implementing this theory in your own life, you can gradually achieve significant results and ultimately achieve your goals.
Sunday school slides
Whether you call it “Sunday school”, “bible class”, or “expository training” Sunday school is amazing. Here are the slides from our Sunday school class.
It is true that beliefs do not necessarily equate to facts, but it is also true that facts can be believed in. For example, the fact that the Earth revolves around the sun is widely accepted because of empirical evidence and scientific research. Similarly, there is historical and archaeological evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible.
Keep in mind, the assertion that the Bible cannot be used as proof of its own claims is not entirely accurate. While the Bible may not be the only source of evidence, it contains historical accounts, eyewitness testimonies, and prophecies that have been fulfilled. The reliability and accuracy of these accounts have been verified through multiple sources, including non-Christian historians. So using the Bible to discuss the Bible is A-OK.
Lastly, the claim that the burden of proof lies solely with me, the person making the claim is not entirely accurate either. It is true that I am making a positive claim and have the responsibility to provide evidence to support it. However, when someone makes a negative claim, such as denying the existence of God, they also have the burden of proof to demonstrate that their claim is true. Since you came to my page to make your claim, I’ll wait for you to prove God’s non-existence.
I do understand that it is true that beliefs do not necessarily equate to facts, it is also true that facts can be believed in. The Bible contains historical and archaeological evidence that supports the existence of the God of the Bible, and denying this evidence requires one to meet the burden of proof for their negative claim.
Get your reading on
It’s cold outside and I would like to share a few books with you.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but I hope you’ll fine value in them.
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My best post from 2022
I am going to do a highlight reel of 2022, but this was the runaway most successful video last year.
Tim from “A Frisch Perspective” did a critique of the Stephen Wolf book “The Case for Christian Nationalism”. Christian Nationalism has been a hot-button topic for a few weeks and it certainly needs to be discussed. I’ve linked Tim’s review and critique of the book here.