Sunday, April 29, 2012

The common idol ...

This idol is so common it's commonality often makes us overlook just how broadly worshiped it is.

Just about everyone has one in their homes. It's as common in the workplace cubicle and boardroom as it is the classroom. It's common among family and between friends.

It is that idol called our Opinion.

We love our own opinion.

In fact, we believe having and expressing our own opinion is paramount to being a free individual. It doesn't matter whether the opinion is right or wrong, having one is what we cherish.

All too much!

Here's what the word of God says about the idol Opinion:

"Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions," Proverbs 18:2.

The problem of bothering with understanding so that we actually arrive at the Truth is, the acceptance of Truth requires the submission of our Opinion to be newly formed and fashioned not by us but by Truth Himself.

Often we know what is true, but we have a different opinion. Elijah challenged such people with these words:

"Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, 'How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!' But the people were completely silent," 1 Kings 18:21.

James was more direct about the matter: "Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it," James 4:17.

Have you hobbled yourself between two opinions? Do you elevate your opinion to supreme status? Or have you subjected your opinion to be transformed by Truth?



  1. James 4:17 has convicted me more than once...

  2. It has to be one of the more impacting, provoking, jarring sentences in all of scripture.