The Opinionated Christian

Romans 14:1 NASB “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not to have quarrels over opinions.”

Actually, the whole of Romans 14 is really something that more of us, myself included, should take to heart. If you have the time, please read through what the Apostle Paul says to the Church at Rome. And while the context has to do with Christian related opinions about eating and drinking, and valuing one day over another, the scope of what Paul is discussing can indeed be much larger.

Have you ever run into someone who literally seems to have an opinion about everything and feels that it is their calling in life to enlighten us with their understanding? I know that some of you may find this hard to believe, but in my younger days, I could have easily been included in this category. And before you start to move your lips, yes, I am aware that I can still be guilty of doing the same thing. It is indeed, something that all of us need to guard against.

Expressing our opinions to others can indeed be problematic and as the Apostle Paul indicates, it can have detrimental effects and one does need to be careful and question our own motives and the depth of our understanding. Most of us older Christians, who have been around for a while, have experienced the hard lesson of entering into a discussion, to which we actually had little understanding, and then being found out for our folly and being chastised for it. It’s not usually a fun experience but it is one that is necessary. The hard truth of the matter is that sometimes, we simply don’t have enough knowledge about the particular subject we are commenting on, to have an informed opinion. And just so you know, from some hard earned experience, having an informed opinion considers all of the various aspects, not just those opinions that support what you happen to believe in. It means looking at information that both supports and calls into question. And if we haven’t done the required homework, which is quite often the case, it would be prudent to keep our uninformed opinions to ourselves.

And as we read through Romans 14 we see Paul stretch this principle about accepting someone who honours one day over another as compared with deeming all days as the same or chooses to eat or drink as compared with not to eat or drink, towards THINGS or ANYTHING that we are to pursue that makes for peace and the building of one another up as per Romans 14:19-21 which reads:
“So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the person who eats and causes offense. It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother or sister stumbles.” (emphasis is mine)

If one frequents the various news media outlets online or on TV, it’s pretty easy to acknowledge that we are currently swamped with conflicting information on a wide variety of subjects. What one segment of our society sees as “truth”, the other side of our divided society sees as “lies”. What you see depends largely on what side you stand on. It is so easy to get side railed into propagating the merits of one side over the other. But I would like you to note what the Apostle Paul says, who was no stranger to conflicting opinions, in Romans 14:16-19:

“Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one who serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by other people. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” (emphasis mine)

Our focus is not to be of this world, our focus is to be on the kingdom of God and our focus is not about earthly leadership but rather to be on Christ our King. We all have opinions, but not all opinions build up one another.

Something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

16 comments

    • Hi Michael, I thought of that as I was putting the post together. An “opinion” about “opinions”. Very tough is an understatement. Probably explains why washing one another’s feet is a daily occurrence. Blessings!

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  1. Well articulated post! Like you, Papa Bruce, I spend WAY too much time reading from various outlets asking God to help me view things from His POV. I don’t know why it is so difficult for people to understand that whoever controls or owns the medium/platform controls the content. I read recently that “opinions are like [our bottoms] everyone has one.” I am finding this to be all to true, even for Christians. I do not want to be a keyboard crusader where I berate people who have differing opinions. I have never been on Twitter and Facebook, this was a personal conviction for me from the very beginning. I believe I was called to stay away from these platforms so that I may help others process the emotions they have from reading these fake news stories and watching bizarre videos on YouTube. I pray that when I do share my differing opinions, that I will do so with respect, grace and integrity rather than focusing on being right. Thank you for this!

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    • My pleasure Mandy. I try to keep reminding myself that Jesus said He is the Truth and that even though there are lots of so called “truths” out there, there is only one that I should be focused on. I can’t help but feel that the Apostle Paul felt the same way. It’s Ok to be aware of what is going on around you but they are but waves, it was Jesus who walked on the water and said “Fear not, I have overcome the world!” Key word being “have”. You have yourself a blessed day Mandy!

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  2. ‘The hard truth of the matter is that sometimes, we simply don’t have enough knowledge about the particular subject we are commenting on, to have an informed opinion.’ No kidding!!

    Until fairly recently, I have avoided watching or reading news reports because of my PTSD. With my history of extensive trauma and abuse, beginning in my earliest childhood, there are too many news headlines that trigger horrific trauma memories. I saw a headline this morning about a mother stabbing her children… Dear God, those poor children! And yes, that is a huge trauma trigger for me, because my parents did similar things… whew. At least nobody in my family died. Anyway… I may have to stop reading and watching news reports again. I don’t want to, though, because I like to stay informed.

    However, like Mandy said in her comment above, those who own/control the news outlets, also control what is and isn’t published. Because of this reality, we can read and watch all the news reports in the world, and still not be properly informed about what is TRUE.

    I tend not to believe in most conspiracy theories, mainly because I doubt that a large group of people can keep a really big secret for very long. However, back in 2015, I apparently ran afoul of a big conspiracy theory… one that I knew nothing whatsoever about, thanks to my avoidance, at that time, of all news media. I was also not on Facebook. Still not on Facebook. Again, because of my PTSD. Because of this, I did not have a clue about what I was getting myself into when I took several pictures of something I did not understand, something that I happened to see here in New Mexico, and then I posted those pictures to my old, former blog…

    It was scary, the things that happened within a couple of hours after I posted those pictures. When I started writing this comment, I intended to tell you all about it. But now, I don’t think I can. My heart is beating too fast. Suffice it to say that in 2015, when I knew nothing about what was being reported as a major conspiracy theory in the news, I unwittingly ran afoul of that so-called conspiracy. And it was SCARY! Not just because of what happened to me, but what also happened to two other bloggers who reposted my apparently forbidden pictures! One blogger was in Arizona, the other in England.

    So. Yes. Okay. We live in a crazy, fallen world. However — Jesus said that HE is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And that’s all I really need to know!

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    • Yes Linda Lee, we do live in a scary world where literally anything can be misrepresented to represent just about anything and if you post it, people will believe it. I used to think that “common sense” was common but it isn’t as common as one might think it is. Due diligence is an absolute necessity now and most people just can’t be bothered. And you’re right, there is but one truth and Jesus is the one to focus on. Hope your heart rate is back to normal and the rest of today is calm and relaxing for you. Blessings!

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      • Well… I have been feeling a little nervous since I left the last comment. Thinking I said too much, thinking that what I wrote may come across as nutty. Then I read this:
        Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. — Psalm 124:8

        Praise God! I’m all better now.

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  3. I have learnt (because I am guilty of being that opinionated person lol) That when it comes to things I am passionate about, the key is to hold on to that passion, but learn to communicate it in a way that invites others into a dialogue instead of shoving it down peoples throats, especially when it comes to kingdom stuff. It can be hard but must be something that is practiced.

    Thanks for sharing Bruce

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