Differing Opinions by Tracy Gaboyau

In my sophomore year of high school, my group of friends in my class and I were discussing controversial topics. We were telling each other about our different beliefs, religions, and our views on topics such as abortion and homosexuality. Yes! I know, very heavy topics for sophomores in high school. But those are topics that allow us to learn more about the people we surround ourselves with, to step out of our “social media bubble” and discuss ideas prevalent in our society and be comfortable hearing different views respectfully.

Somewhere within our discussion a friend started to mention how he/she hadn’t been to church in months. Another added that they weren’t really dedicated to the religion they were brought up in, another decided that they should start going to church more often, and another realized that they might want to venture into Catholicism… My favorite part about the whole discussion however, was that no matter our opinion, we were all respectful of each other’s choices. And though we may not agree with them, we realized that each person was entitled to their specific belief.

What may have happened in that one class, however, is not the way it may have happened in the real world, or better yet any of my other classes. As we can see in today’s news, it can be hard to express your religious beliefs without receiving backlash from those who may not understand or agree. Whether it be Catholicism or Islam or Atheism, at times others do not understand that the passion you hold for your beliefs is the same passion that they hold for their beliefs, and just like you feel that you do not want to shift or change your views, others probably do not as well.

The point I am trying to make however, is that sticking to your beliefs, especially in high school, is difficult. We are constantly being thrown different opinions and beliefs and being put into situations that force us to identify what kind of person we are and what kind of person we want to be. I’m by no means an expert, but I have somehow made it to my senior year unscathed, and closer to God than when I started high school, and here are some of the ways I did it, I hope that they may help you:

 

Don’t be afraid to say no.

If you feel like you are being or are about to be put into a situation where you may have to compromise your religious beliefs in order to fit in, or conform, it is okay to say no. You don’t have to attend every party or every social gathering, and if you’re friends don’t respect decision to step out or remove yourself from situations, then those probably aren’t the friends you should be surrounding yourself with.

Educate people!

A lot of the times we hear others bad-mouthing our faith, it’s probably due to ignorance. Not ignorance in a negative connotation where the person realizes the way things truly are but chooses to ignore the truth, but ignorance as in literally not knowing. While it is okay to have differing opinions, it is not okay to trash talk things people know nothing about. If you hear something that is not right, kindly let people know the truth. No need to be condescending.

Respect! Others! Opinions!

Like I said before, the same way that you feel strongly about your beliefs, is the same way others may feel about their beliefs, and just like you may not want to change your opinions, others may not want to change theirs. It is okay to disagree, and it is okay to think differently. But it is not okay to give people a hard time for adhering to the beliefs they were taught at a young age, and it is also not okay to look down on someone because they are not living their life the same way that you are living yours. As stated by my sponsor Valerie, “many times people take an opinion as the truth or reality… while to the contrary an opinion is just someone’s point of view.” Do not forget that the Lord gave us freewill, and as written in Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.

 

So with these three tips I leave you, and I hope that you take them into consideration to make the 2017-2018 school year the best, most blessed, one yet.

12 Comments

  • Valerie says:

    I am just humbled to see how spiritually fruitful you are growing my Tracy.
    May God bless your writings to touch lives worldwide and keep spreading the good news.

    Your confirmation sponsor
    Valerie

  • Johanne Belizaire says:

    I have seen you grown Tracy from a shy little girl to now an expressive teen about to embark her senior high school year. Nicely thought and well written words. The beauty of human race is our diversity. It would be boring if everyone look alike think alike and so on. That’s why God is God. We can be unify in our diversity and worship Him who allowed it without any disrespecfulness
    Keep growing in your faith. May God show you his way in the life that lieas ahead of you. Have a blessed school year 2017- 2018

  • Fritz Junior Antoine says:

    Very good point of view . I agree

  • Robenson Chery says:

    Congratulations Tracy, It really amazing to see are fast you become a very mature and faithful Christian, may the almighty God continue to shoewr you with his blessings and wisdom.
    Very proud of you

  • Marie says:

    Nice thought for a teenage girl. May the Holy Spirit keep on shining in you to be the light for others. Stay firm with your faith
    Manmie Belizaire loves you so much.

  • Coles Guerrier says:

    This is amazing Tracy, keep educating us 👍🏿

  • Marie Frederic says:

    I feel like we need more teens like you in our society. It is so amazing to see a teen with full of wisdom and well oriented for the world. May almighty God bless you and your knowledge to bring more for our community and the world. Keep up the good work! God bless you always.

  • Kathy Raymond-chery says:

    Thumbs up because it is not just well written but it is profound, and you put your heart in your writing. You are not the little girl I once knew but a young lady who stands her ground. Keep being you in a world where people are being enslaved by the need to comply to social conformity and becoming sheeps and/or people pleasers.Good job

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