The Earth is Flat and I Don’t Care

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The NBA Finals kick off tonight (this article went live on June 1st, 2017). The starting Point Guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, made a statement on his teammates’ podcast that earned him a lot of press.

 

Irving stated, “This is not even a conspiracy theory . . . The earth is flat. The earth is flat. It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”

 

In another interview, Irving said, “I think people should do their own research, man. I’ve seen a lot of things that my educational system has said that was real that turned out to be completely fake. I don’t mind going against the grain in terms of my thoughts.”

 

I don’t care what Kyrie Irving thinks about the shape of our planet. Do you know why? Because I turn to him for basketball entertainment, not scientific hypotheses.

 

Here is a major reminder for church leaders: People turn to you to learn how to grow closer to God, how to make disciples, how to evangelize, how to inductively study the Bible, etc. Remember to stay in your lane of expertise and don’t try to be the expert on everything to everyone.

 

Remember to stay in your lane of expertise and don’t try to be the expert on everything to everyone. (click to tweet)

 

For example, someone came to me and asked some deep real estate advice. I didn’t know what to do or say, so I simply told him, “I don’t know.” Strangely, it was a freeing sentence to state, and its something I should say more often . . . “I don’t know.”

 

As I peruse social media, I see many people . . . especially pastors . . . fall into traps into which I have fallen plenty of times . . . shooting off at their mouths (or keyboards) about things of which they are realistically rather ignorant. When you don’t know much or anything about something, the Bible even teaches to not comment. Proverbs 18:2 says, A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

 

Kyrie Irving has an ignorant opinion on the shape of our planet. I will watch him pass the ball to LeBron James tonight, and won’t think about it until he opens his mouth in an interview, and will then think about how he is great at what he does, but is not quite as sharp as I formerly thought. The Duke-educated, well-spoken player has chopped away a chink in his proverbial armor of intelligence.

 

Plenty of other people have ignorant opinions on other things due to being uninformed. They just don’t always express them publicly.

 

The bottom line is that when we stay in our lane, problems are less likely to rise and capital is more easily earned.

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