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Selective Hearing Syndrome

As a child my mother would always tell me that I had developed SHS or “Selective Hearing Syndrome” as early as two‒years‒old. I thought that the SHS had gone into remission by the time I was twenty one because I had not heard the disease mentioned in reference to me for many years; until I got married at twenty-nine and my wife right away recognized the symptoms. Whenever requests, demands, commands were being given to me I inadvertently (because of the disease) would pick and choose the more appealing tasks and would quickly and involuntarily (again because of this dreaded disease) forget the less attractive demands.

I have learned to work with the disease over time, however it does flare up on occasion and I find myself once again hearing what I want to hear.

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27–28, NIV).

Many Christians suffer from SHS, especially when it comes to scripture. “Love your enemies” (except for James), “do good to those who hate you” (unless it is Sara), “bless those who curse you (yeah right), and “pray for those who mistreat you” (Uh, really). I like to tell Christians who suffer from SHS that “Jesus does not stutter,” He really said these things and actually expects us (who are supposed to be able to “hear”) to live these commands. There is no place for Selective Hearing Syndrome if you claim to pursue Jesus. His commands were given so that they would be obeyed and followed. “But I tell you who hear me; listen to Me.”

Writer Keith Henry III says he is “Just a man who has finally begun to respond to his calling to make Christians think about their Christianity.

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