Opinionated?

Yeah, I have some strong opinions about some things.

I’m not the biggest fans of pulpits, Lady Ga-Ga or cigarette smoke. I rarely listen to music that does not involve a guitar, I don’t read the Twilight books because vampires don’t sparkle, and I think every law-abiding citizen in America should be free to carry a handgun on their hip. When I was younger, it was not uncommon for me to get into people’s faces over the version of the Bible they used, whether they liked Steve Green’s voice or not, and which football team they cheered for.

Opinions are very strong things. Often, we don’t have rational reasons for our opinions although sometimes we do. A lot of the time, opinions have more to do with the way we see the world – the lens we view things through – than they do with the inherently good or bad nature of the subject.

The word opinion comes from the Latin word opinari, which means to think or to deem. In other words, it is simply the way you think about a particular subject.

Everyone has a different thought path, the way the arrive at opinions and arguing about the opinion without exploring the path that we used to arrive at it is meaningless. And, as I already pointed out, sometimes we don’t even know our own thought path that brought us to an opinion.

Thankfully, the writer of Proverbs reminds us: “A man’s ways are in full view for YHWH, and he [God] examines all his paths.” [Proverbs 5:21, NIV] God sees our ways, even if we don’t. He knows our minds.

And here’s the thing, we DO NOT know his. The writer of Deuteronomy put these words into Moses’ mouth: “The secret things belong to YHWH our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow the words of his law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29, NIV]

God knows our ways and the source of our opinions. We do not know God’s ways, but often he provides us with his opinions [the revealed things] to follow. Now, we can either argue with him – which will be pointless because we cannot know his ways – or we can accept that his thought path far exceeds our own and his opinions are the right ones.

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