#UgBlogWeek: The Micaiah Problem

Anyone who has read 1 King 22 has come upon the Micaiah Problem. The Micaiah problem is when people act like they want to hear what you have to say but actually don’t. They like to have you in their circles, perhaps as some sort of leveller but do not really intend to take your opinion.

This might present itself in form of an August House, an “unwoke” man in a feminist conversation, a divergent cell member or perhaps a child in a conversation of elders. Being the opposition MP, you’re in the August House to make up for numbers. You are clearly not the majority and are simply there to make money for the next 5 years not to make any feasible change. Perhaps to your constituency, to your country? Not likely.

You’re the unwoke man in a feminist conversation. You have just started hearing about feminism. You grew up with only sisters and did the dishes like they did, washed the clothes, and all sorts of other things a child does. You’re trying to understand what they mean by feminism. You want to understand but you’re too slow. You’re not woke. You’re wasting time!

You are the weird girl in the cell group with too many questions and views of God. You’re not in agreement with the cell agenda and are not too keen on the rehearsed answers. You want natural conversation but you “gotta do it by the book”. You’re there because “come as you are” but you must not be left the way you came.Your views are welcome, just not entertained.

You’re a child with a simple question for the adults but their voices are much deeper than yours. They’re trying to do it the American way, let you have an opinion but you know it’s for show. Just sit at the table and let us talk politics. Parenting is not done by paying attention, is it?

Micaiah. The Prophet always told the inconvenient truth to his King. His King demanded He always share his view or prophecy but did the King always listen? It seemed Micaiah was like furniture to remind us of a truth that we are not yet heeding to.

1Ki 22:8  And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of Jehovah. But I hate him, for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil….

People who have the freedom to speak but whose words become wind. Is that really freedom? Of course the words are needed and might prove very consequential in the future but in the present, they are passed over like beggars in the street. What do we do about this problem?

Doesn’t it show us that we are willing to hear things that sound good to us and discard quickly those things against us? Don’t they antagonise our very nature? How does one live with a Micaiah if they are not willing to listen? Should one even pretend to have a Micaiah? And isn’t Micaiah Christ to the dead? Telling us the path we follow is destruction, yet we are so into our present lies it sounds the right path to follow?

Tell me, how do you deal with this Micaiah problem? And is it a problem?

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2 thoughts on “#UgBlogWeek: The Micaiah Problem

  1. It's interesting the question that you pose. I might be wrong but in my experience, I try to live simply so that others may too. I don't think there's such a thing as universal truth, just differences in perception.
    I don't see the problem you pose as a problem at all. Try to effect change, or don't in the House; walk out of that conversation, find another cell, go where you're appreciated and stop staying where you're tolerated. In my life, it's inevitable that I encounter people with opposite opinions to mine and some might teach me a thing or two, others might just irritate me but even before that, the experience is quite jarring. So I seek out peace whenever I can and this means being with people I find important, to whom feeling is mutual.

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    1. The context of the story gives a good look to the point being made. Sometimes you cannot walk out. Sometimes you are stationed there. In the antagonism.

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