Politics, abortions, women’s rights, race, & religion – it’s what’s clogging up my social media feeds these days.
I’ve un-followed so many friends that it mostly consists of dip nails and blog posts.
Opinions are Not Facts
Some find it hard to believe that their opinions are not factual pieces of information. If they were, we’d call them facts and not opinions. Like small grenades of theory, grounded mostly in belief systems, life experiences, and fueled with emotion, they are often hurled with little care. Oh, and don’t let a piece of fake news hit the feed of the highly-opinionated. They’ll share that with as much excitement as they do the birth of a child. Pun intended – offering up every unsavory thought they have, while extending an invitation to challenge them. Why? I’ll tell you – because that little explosive nugget of fear, anger and aggression is inflamed by what they refer to as “their truth.”
Don’t Poke the Bear
I’ll admit. At times, it’s tempting to accept the challenge, especially when I know I can dismantle their argument with simple facts, an analogy, or a witty comment. Worse yet, a strategically placed bible verse like Proverbs 18:2 [chuckle] But for what? They’re not seeking resolution or real change. If they were, they wouldn’t have time to share garbage posts to which to attach their unsolicited opinions. Not to mention, God didn’t give me the ‘gift of gab’ to debate with those who intentionally breed hate and contention. Seriously, you don’t throw pearls at swine. He gifted me to exhort others with His truth. Biblically speaking, Romans 14:1 says, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” If you do, your guaranteed parting gift will be a headache as a result of your rise in blood pressure. No thank you.
His Truth is All We Need
The truth is, we wouldn’t need all these laws if ‘everyone’ didn’t have their own truth! If The Ten Commandments have ‘you’ tripped up, what’s one to do with more laws? Jesus came to fulfill the law, did He not? – Because we, His people couldn’t possibly have done so ourselves. We needed a Savior, and thus, we now live by Grace. Thank you, Jesus!
Any individual who utters the words, “my truth;” “his truth;” “her truth;” or “their truth,” is deceived. There’s God’s truth and then there’s false. It’s that simple.
Let’s take a look at what happens when we apply “our truth” to The Ten Commandments. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to use lay terms. For every commandment, there will be an italicized “truth” to follow:
- I am The Lord your God. You are to have no other God’s before Me.“Not my President, not my God. Besides, God hasn’t proven to me that He exists.”
- You are not take The Lord’s name in vain.“I said, “Got damn.”
- You are not to worship any graven image.“Put down your phone!”
- Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.“Sabbath? Isn’t that old testament?”
- Honor your father and mother. “Have you met my parents? They should honor me.”
- Don’t kill.“Define life.”
- Do not commit adultery. “I’m not happy with him/her anymore & my happiness is what’s most important.
- Don’t steal.“I am more deserving than they.”
- Don’t bear false witness.“It’s not really false if I believe it to be true. It’s my truth.”
- Do not covet.“I’d be happy too if I had it like that.”
God is orderly. As you can see, applying “your truth,” creates room for speculation and disorder. Truth is not defined by our own subjective standards; it is determined by the source of truth Himself. John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life….” That said, “your truth” is a lie. Don’t be deceived my friends.
More often than not, “my truth” typically refers to some sort of “brokenness;” – usually pointing to a pivotal event in one’s life that caused damage. The coined term these days is “beautifully broken.” Brokenness is only temporarily constructive and therefore should not be glorified. Its greatest purpose is to help us recognize our fractured condition, thus causing us to seek God so He can make us whole.
So, whether you’re one of the “highly-opinionated” or the “beautifully broken,” you are personally invited into God’s grace, where laws have been fulfilled, and peace restored. Put down your truths and angry opinions. No longer do you have to search. It’s not in you. Your truth is in Him. Subscribe below.