"What we need to hear and what we want to hear are rarely the same thing. Leaders who encourage honesty, allow for errors, and establish an environment of trust usually hear what they need to hear. A dictator, on the other hand, will never learn what they really need to know. People shield them or stay away from them; an environment of fear is only destructive."
I was studying about the plagues that hit Egypt during times of oppression for the Hebrew people of God.
What I found intriguing is that Pharoah always managed to surround himself with people that never told him the truth. They always told him what he wanted to hear.
According to Exodus 7:22 he was surrounded by magicians that kept on conjuring up cheap tricks.
What they should have told him was something like this:
“You’re oppressing the Hebrew people and they will rise up against you. And furthermore, we’re afraid of their God and we can’t really do what He can do. We’re small-time dark magic; their God is the big time.”
Even after the pain of the plagues Pharoah's heart remained hard toward God. He continued turning to the same sources of his problems: his gods, his own belief system, his counselors and magicians.
Here is a lesson I have learned over the years:
"If I surround yourself with “yes” people, they will say yes, and I will be ignorant. I will lose, and I will end up on the wrong side of God."
Let me get to the real reason behind this blog post:
Just yesterday I was asked by a lady what I thought about the upcoming movie, 50 Shades of Grey, that is set to hit the theaters on February 13.
I have to admit that I didn't know as much about this movie as I should have. I guess my head has been in the sand...lol.
Well, I want you to know that I have been educated in the last 24 hours! The question is: Do you want me to tell you what you want to hear or what you need to hear?
So here is my answer about 50 Shades of Grey after research:
1- If you want to see the raunchiest movie to hit the movie screen in at least a decade, then it is for you.
2- If you want to see a movie with 20 minutes of sexual scenes, then it is for you.
3- Many people who read this series will end up in abusive relationships.
4- If you want to see a movie that is similar to soft porn, it is probably what you need to see.
So, there it is folks. I don't know if this is what you want to hear or not, however, it possibly could be what you need to hear. I am not judging but just giving facts that we may not find for ourselves.
Who do you turn to for advice? Are your friends, mentors, and church leaders more apt to tell you the truth or say something that makes you happy? If it’s the latter, who can you turn to who will speak honestly to you about faith?