I love this title. I believe we need to share ideas and thoughts. But I chuckle at a dinner party or conference when a speaker is talking along and they will say something like “I apologize but I have to get on my soapbox”. Why apologize? Is your idea that weak I need to be prepped before I hear it? If an idea or thought is worth saying, say it! Say it with passion and let me decide if it is worth consideration or challenge. I may not agree with an idea but I will not hold it against a person either.
I read this quote from a blog, “Everyone deserves their own soapbox. The web has handed everyone a microphone and said, "here, speak up." But everyone doesn't deserve their own audience. That's something that's earned.”
I regret to inform readers that the church has lost some credibility, especially with younger people. I can list a variety of reasons but if we are honest, we know. We church types, me especially often get into pontificating mode. Meaning we slip into facts and figures and why other Catholics should be believe this or that way. I think this works against our mission. I know when I start facting people with stats and figures, I can see eyes glaze over. I lose them.
How do we in church earn the trust of the people we desperately want to reach? Again, it has to be iterated that love is the key. I have to care enough about my audience or my neighbor to speak to their heart. Heck, even Proctor and Gamble has this figured out.
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