This story about Elijah might seem a
little ďover the top,Ē but Iím sure itís happened to you before. I know itís
happened to me! Someone asks me a fairly innocuous question and I respond
without thinking, only to realize it was intended as bait. The person asking the
question was waiting for me to commit to something so they can argue with me.
Has that ever happened to you? The person launches into a diatribe and Iím
caught without a good answer....
...Most of the time, the people
are not asking for information to help them make a decision. Rather,
they are looking for someone with whom to spar, someone who disagrees
with a position they have already taken and want to make a mockery of
all other stances.
Each time it has happened Iíve
wished I had a 30 second sound-bite or a bumper sticker phrase I could
pull out to silence my potential adversary. Unfortunately Iím not very
good at thinking on my feet; sometimes I come up with a good response
the next day Ė but that is long after they have left the room.
If I canít have a show-down
like Elijah did, at least wish I had a thought-provoking response. But
more importantly, I want the person who is asking to know that I value
their opinion, even if they donít value or are afraid to listen to mine.
Showdowns donít solve problems.
In the next few chapters we learn that the people still went after their
own gods. They still reject the God of Israel. In fact, they persecute
Elijah for making them look like the fools!...
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