Yesterday at work I spoke up about some of my conservative opinions in the midst of people who are very liberal. I am usually outnumbered in my work place by those who think quite differently from me. I was just so full of energy and had just gotten back to the office after completing several tasks and a conversation was already in full swing with my coworkers. The subject was terrorism and airlines and the latest rumors regarding attacks on the US.
In my oh so superior knowledge I threw out a few comments to these rubes - I knew they'd roll their eyes and think I'm one of those crazy Bible clinging right wingers. They mentioned airlines and how they didn't like to fly and one of the younger members of the office was leading up to some sort of semi-judgemental statement about Muslims with the usual politically correct mumbo jumbo, "I don't want to offend anyone and I'm probably jumping to conclusions...." and I had to open my mouth and show them how dumb they are......"We just need to profile. We need to do whatever Israel does and we won't have a problem." Of course the word, "profile" had an effect. One of the speakers is a black man and he immediately applied the word to the black race instead of to the subject of the conversation. He said that I was just like Pat Robertson and I talk like the people who want to send all blacks back to Africa.
Now let's step back here for a moment. Of course that is not the way I think. We were talking about Muslims, which is a religion, not a race - and we were talking about profiling on airlines to make flight safer. While this idea may have it's big drawbacks, it makes more sense to me than the silliness that airlines go through now, pulling non-Muslim (and yes, I'm assuming here, since, at this time, in this country, most Muslims are still of Middle Eastern origin) grandmothers aside to wand them, etc. I immediately asked the speaker how profiling Middle Easterners boarding an airline had anything to do with sending blacks back to Africa. The other black member of the office piped up and said I was one step away from that type of thinking.
OK - do you get the gist here? I was upsetting people. Whether I was right or wrong, why oh why do I have to open my big mouth? Am I going to - in my arrogance - teach these people anything? Are they going to bow to my superior wisdom? No. They are going to think I belong in Northern Idaho now on some compound with Pat Robertson followers. While I believe their thinking is seriously flawed and their information is acquired totally from the mainstream media - it is not my place to "correct" them.
Most importantly, I am a Christian. They know I am a Christian. How does this affect my testimony? It makes me look like a nutcase to them. If they ever would have considered my faith as something to learn about - they sure don't now.
Next the subject of self-defense came up and of course, I said if law abiding citizens had guns and knew how to use them, crime stats would fall. I got the well worn phrase, "this isn't the Wild West," from my coworkers.
So - what is the upshot of this? I am first and foremost, a Christian, and my responsibility is to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom I am to represent. To me this means that politics and conservative versus liberal opinions takes a back seat. Too late now for that. My arrogance got in the way and I just had to interject my 5 cents....
What say you - am I over reacting or should I be more careful what statements I make?