Alright; before I begin, please check out Habakkuk 8 v 17-19.
Checked it out? Cool huh?
A few years ago, I read a quote that a friend of mine wrote. It went “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, though the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls. Yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering or responsibility]!
– Habakkuk 8 v 17-19.”
And I fell in love with that passage and decided that it had to be my favorite bible passage. Today, my girlfriend asked me what my favorite passage was and I sent her to go read it, and the next thing it’s “Panda, Habakkuk 8 doesn’t exist”.
I was shocked.
For those of you who didn’t actually open a bible and were gonna form agreeing that Habakkuk 8 v 17-19 is a cool passage, well… God help you all.
Anyways, after looking around in utter confusion, I finally found out that the passage did exist, but it was actually Habakkuk chapter 3 not chapter 8.
This appalled me for a few reasons:
- I had been staking my “favorite bible passage” belief in something that, for all intents and purposes, did not actually exist.
- I had never actually opened my bible to see for myself, but I had accepted its truth without asking a single question.
All of this reminded me about the way the average Nigerian is; always willing to accept things without question. As long as the words he’s hearing or listening to will give some form of release from fear, unquestioning acceptance is always possible.
For a long time, I’ve always been against unquestioning acceptance. Just because a person says something is so, doesn’t mean it should be taken at face value. Ask questions; try to see things for yourself. Yes, you should learn from other peoples’ mistakes, but sometimes, people call things mistakes when they have never experienced them, and some of those things they actually did experience were completely necessary in order for them to become the persons they did become.
One thing that scares me is when I hear people say things, and it’s quite obvious that they don’t know what they’re talking about. Then when you ask how they got their info, it’s “so & so told me so.” Is it so hard to simply find things out for yourself?
I don’t know… I guess maybe it is. I guess maybe I’m just kicking myself in the ass because I realize now that calling a passage my favorite when I never actually took the time to open up a bible to see for myself, shows the level of my unseriousness and that I basically do not have a favorite bible passage.
But whatever it is, I am more resolute on this than ever before; never believe things just because somebody that you respect or is in a position of authority over you says it’s so. Take out the time to ask questions and to see for yourself. Or else, one day you’ll wake up and find out that you’ve believed a lie for ages… and that isn’t fun. That I can honestly say.