“I don’t have an opinion on the matter.” Those words get some people more upset than expressing an opinion. Some people love their own opinions so much that they take offense and become upset if you abstain from expressing your own. Opinions can become idols that we will not let go of even in the face of God’s established truth. The Bible calls it stubbornness and pride when we exalt our opinions above God’s Word. Proud people love their own opinions. They are proud of their viewpoints, and are unwilling to give up them up, and that is why God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Opinions can become a derailment from God’s purpose and calling upon a person’s life. If God has given you a certain calling to influence in, then by all means use all of your ability, might, and resources to cause change in that area for righteousness sake. However, if He hasn’t appointed and anointed you over a certain realm of society, mind our own business, and don’t have an opinion about it. I have a right to my opinion! Yes you do have a right, and you can insist on your own rights even against the Most High, but if you want to walk with God and fulfill His kingdom purposes for your life, it is a necessity to set your mind on the business He has called you to, and let Him choose who He appoints to influence different areas of the world. In case you don’t know, God does not need you. He didn’t need us before creation, and He can live without us. God by definition means self-existent One. The only thing anyone can do for God is obey Him, and even that is privilege He bestows upon us, because He could choose someone else. He teaches us His ways, so that we can enjoy the benefit of godliness.
Holding to the opinions of men are a distraction, and a waste of our time, attention, and resources. Man is not infinite. We only have so much energy, so much wisdom, so much understanding, so much knowledge, and so much ability that we can devote to one thing at a time. We are not self-sufficient, though many like to portray themselves as such. A good steward governs himself to direct all of his resources to the fulfillment of one vision for a lifetime. When he fulfills it, he is no longer needed here, and God takes his life from the earth, and rewards him with another and greater task.
“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Jesus illustrated the concept of the heart’s focus to singleness of the vision of an eye, and contrasted it to either walking in the light if properly channeled or stumbling around in the darkness if it was not. A laser beam is a device that controls the way energized atoms release photons. “Laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Highly focused and concentrated energy! The heart is the power generator of a person life, which if properly governed and disciplined can generate the ability of the power of a laser beam that cuts through all of the ambiguity, distractions, and derailments of the powers of darkness. Many people are so undisciplined, unfocused, and immature in self-government that they waste the majority of their lives on the vanities of youth, entertainment, and pleasures. The majority die without ever even finding the right track to run on let alone reaching the starting block, because they allow others to do their thinking for them. How does the enemy destroy a man’s vision? By giving them another one or someone else’s vision. Two visions equal di-vision. God made us finite beings, and we are called to be masters on our God given assignments.
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
It is absolutely astounding how consecrated, focused, and disciplined the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul were. They were two of the most influential people of their day. Their lives changed the entire known world during and after their lifetimes. With all of the influence and gifting they possessed, surely they could have changed the events of society in their times for the better, but neither one of them addressed one current event of their day! Not one! Why? God’s Kingdom is not of this world. Jesus went so far as to say, that He didn’t even pray for this world! Many Christians say, “I am not of this world” quoting the words of Jesus. They have the bumper sticker on their automobiles, the decals on their windows, and they wear the t-shirts, but many of them are more worldly than non-Christians! Their hearts, minds, and lifestyles are so wrapped up in the events of this world, that they are dead to God’s heart and alive to the god of this world. Their energy and hopes are more in this world than unbelievers who have no other hope but this world. The enemy has successfully kept many people who call themselves “Christians” consumed with saving themselves, their families, their possessions, and pursing their own interests in this temporal world, that they know the latest trends, the latest fads, the latest statistics, every current event, every bad and wicked thing that happens in the world, to the place that their hearts are hardened to the more important matters of God’s heart and mind for His Kingdom which is not of this world.
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which You have given me; for they are Yours.” (John 17:9)
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:15-16)
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” (Luke 21:34)
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from here.’” (John 18:36)
Debating over the opinions of men is vain and foolish waste of energy. It fosters strife, injury, sin, and wickedness. “ONLY” proud people love to debate and argue over “their opinions.” Who cares! I couldn’t care less who agrees with me and who disagrees with me. I am no longer a teenager that needs to be accepted or affirmed by other people’s opinions. My confidence is not in my own opinions or other people’s opinions. Our confidence must be in The LORD and the truth He convinces us of! I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I learned a long time ago, that you cannot convince anybody of anything unless they want to learn. Fools love their own opinions, and hate learning anything contrary! God corrects me when I need it, and He uses the most unexpected messengers and circumstances you could dream of, and the people He uses are totally oblivious being used by God. God has brought little 5 year girls across my path to say things in their little innocent language, but I knew what God was saying to me, because I live in the consciousness of His presence with me at all times. The Creator uses all creation any time He sees fit, and no one can resist Him. Why doesn’t He just talk to us directly in the way we understand clearly? Because then He would be dealing on our terms, but He knows what is best for us to stay humble. If we desire a close personal relationship with Him, we will consecrate our lives to Him, disciplined ourselves, and be sensitive to His voice above all others, and walk in obedience to it. When others are wrong, we don’t need to play God in their lives unless God has given us the responsibility to love and correct them. We must let them fail and come to the end of themselves, until they become humble enough to seek the truth and ask questions. Otherwise, they will never mature and develop the character they need for long term success. God is a Father and the Judge. He knows how to raise children. We need to love everybody regardless of what they believe. They don’t have to agree with us and we don’t have to agree with them. Who said we all have to agree with each other? There are three sides to every story, your side, my side, and the truth. You do not have to agree with me and I do not have to agree with you, but we both have to agree with God’s Eternal Truth or we will both suffer the consequences.
“Whoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Luke 20:18)
“For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.” (Proverbs 3:26)
“In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.“ (Proverbs 14:26)
“A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” (Proverbs 18:2)
“Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” (Proverbs 13:10)
“But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:14-16)
“Who are you that judges another man’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14:4-5)
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judges me is the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
We can be sure that there is a God in Heaven, and He rules over the kingdoms of men in this world, brings every work into judgment, and deals with them right here in the earth in due time and directly as each person needs it. It is His responsibility. He is the Governor of the nations! It is not our responsibility to bring correction to every error, right every wrong, and deal with every injustice, at least not personally. God’s Word does instruct us to pray for those in authority, but from the backdrop of the government providing peace in society that our godly lives may be a witness for salvation. Being plugged in to every current world event is a vanity and distraction from fulfilling your appointed and anointed calling in this world, and will occupy your heart and dull your senses to the heart and voice of God for His kingdom purposes.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and He is the governor among the nations.” (Psalms 22:28)
“If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for He that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they.” (Ecclesiastes 5:8)
“Thus says the LORD, ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Am I advocating passivity and irresponsibility? No, by no means, but I am exhorting devotion, consecration and focus to the specific calling, gifting, and anointing that God has called each one of us to individually. We all need to be, and stay in our rightful place and rank, and support each other in their gifting and callings. God is The Director.
“But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passes away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)