As I talk with and listen to people all over the country, I am amazed to hear one word used over and over in conversations. This word really is associated with life in a postmodern world. What is the word? Here it is…whatever.
When people are confronted with something they don’t want to hear or disagree with the response is inevitably whatever. In other words, if it works for you and doesn’t harm them leave it alone. There is no reason to confront anyone over his or her beliefs. Remember the old saying, Live and let live? That is just what we are talking about here. Rather than confront people for their inappropriate behaviors or actions we choose to ignore it, turn our heads, and walk away simply saying, whatever. If I could pick one word that best represents a postmodern worldview it would be that single word.
But the bible clearly gives us guidance for everyday living. There are absolute truths…those things that God clearly tells us to do or not to do…those behaviors that are clearly sin. There are behaviors and actions that God tells us will harm or strengthen us. The scriptures make it very clear how Christians must behave. In the Christian worldview there is no room for whatever.
God has clearly told us in 1 Peter, chapter 3 (The Message Translation), Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.
So next time someone tells you “whatever”, don’t let them sidestep the conversation so easily. Stop them and ask them what they mean. Gracefully engage them in conversation. See if you can probe deeper and give your conversation some meaning. Clearly let others know what Christ can do in their lives and seek every opportunity to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are.