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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

The Age of Audacity

I believe we are living in the “age of audacity”. The evidence is all around us. From mask shaming, to people being coerced into taking a knee or raising a fist to express agreement with a view held by others.

I have personally been told on two separate occasions by people I have never met to either wear or adjust a mask to their liking. This is not uncommon today as audacity is being demonstrated again and again.

I find it interesting that people feel the freedom to demand someone else adhere to things they believe are important or required.

Even as you read this you may be thinking, we all need to do our part for the betterment of all. Though this may be true in and of itself, it is interesting how suddenly seemingly docile people are becoming audacious in their zeal to have others adhere to things they believe are important.

The emboldened nature with which people feel the freedom to speak out is astonishing since many of these same people never seemed to voice their concerns for the many other issues we face as a society.

So, why these issues and why now? I believe it is because when people feel directly affected, they become incensed if you do not share their concern. Conversely, when not directly affected, the problem loses its significance and no outrage is necessary.

Further, there seems to be a mindset where we are all required to do as we are told and we are to do so without challenge, reservation, or concern and it is not up for debate.

This is the height of audacity as the audacious know no shame and their audacity knows no limits.

Where we go from here is up to each one of us. We can conform, or we can resist. The former requires no real strength of character while the later requires us to become as audacious as those around us.

This is a pivotal time, especially if you are a Christ Follower. How we respond will have a direct affect on how others perceive Jesus. The question is will we be as staunch in our trust and belief in Him as our world appears to be in its willingness to trust and believe in everything it is being told.

The “age of audacity” is upon us. How we respond is up to us. I wonder if we are audacious enough to allow our faith to be seen regardless of the consequence.

2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

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