I always admire people who are confident and certain about what they believe in. I even feel this way when the person who is confident is someone I disagree with, or when they are talking about a topic I disagree with. I like this quality in a person. It can be annoying sometimes, but I like it.
I like it because people are not taught to be certain anymore. People are taught to doubt what their parents and grandparents taught them. People are taught, in fact, to doubt who they really are. People are raised these days to doubt what they believe, American history, the Church, Christianity, principles, you name it.
Now, doubt is a different thing than questioning and curiosity. The way people are raised today it's virtuous to be unsure, virtuous to have doubt, because that equals open-mindedness. A closed mind is one which is made up, and that isn't good.
That's one of the major problems with our society today, is too many people are uncertain about themselves because they are taught in school, taught by the media, to be uncertain. If you are uncertain, then it makes you easier to entice into believing what they want you to believe. It makes it easier to get you to vote for the people they want you to vote for. It' makes it easier to get you away from age, old, rock solid, conservative institutions like whatever your religion is.
I do not like this doubt education. I am more of an old school, stick to your principles kind of guy. I have written about this adnauseum lately on one or another of my blogs. I like confidence. I like people who know what they stand for and stand up for what they stand for no matter what. I like people who do not cave to adversity.
In summary, I think that we must not doubt ourselves. We must not doubt our principles. We must not doubt our religion, what we must doubt is our politics. Religion is what it is. Religion must be etched in stone. It's always there. No matter what path we take in life, no matter what whim we have today, our religion will always be there. People should have blind faith in their religion, because that's what religion is all about, faith.
To be part of a church you change, your church doesn't change. You invest in your religious beliefs. You invest in your church. you invest in your faith. You do not doubt your faith. It's politics that you're supposed to be a little curious about, uncertain of. You should question people in politics. There is no doubt about that.
You doubt yourself, you doubt your religion, and you will have no place to turn in time of need. Politics will never care for you the way you care for yourself. Politics does not have all the answers, and religion does. Politics will let you down, religion never will. This is why you should not doubt your religion.
It's for this reason that socialist nations try to get rid of religion. They want you to doubt religion so you can worship the state. They want the state to be your religion. They want you to doubt yourself and worship your state religion. They want you to have total faith that their experts have all the answers, and are fully capable of solving all your problems for you.