This morning I’m seeing how my opinions are actually imprisoning walls that contain me and block my acceptance of God’s sovereign move. Opinions are just laws I maintain in my head, and these laws are death.
Opinions are LAW
I’ve not met many people who don’t enforce their opinions like laws. We defend them, evangelize for them, and enact punitive judgments on anyone who has dissenting views. Opinion is just playing God, where we have no business or control.
Much energy is exhausted in the building of the opinions. I have much passion and a force of energy behind them. They are laws after all; I must enforce their rightness. It’s just evil!
I recently heard of a man who went on a tirade because his neighbors weren’t using their porch. He went on and on about how they were wasting the space, as if it were a capital offense. His opinion was that they should be using it…and using it according to his opinion. He knew best! They should appease him and follow the law of his opinion. He was RIGHT and they were WRONG, even with their own stuff!
I wish this wasn’t common, but we’re all legalists of varying degrees. “He should have…! Why didn’t she…? It would’ve been better if…!” Amazingly, I can have opinions about almost anything, from the minuscule (“They waste a lot of time watching sports,” or “That man should’ve spent more time to put his bumper sticker on straight rather than crooked.”) to something more major (“They can’t even take care of the children they have, they should’ve stopped after two,” or “He’s wasting his life with that job; he should go back to school to make a career.”) I could even tell you how to pump gas or when you should put on your turn signal when making your right turn. It doesn’t contain itself within my area of expertise either; it spills over to everything.
Opinion is the death of trying to be God. I’m no man’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God maintains that right in every life. I won’t be the one answering for your choices, unless I have direct authority in your life. And so what I’m talking about here is not the responsibility of authority, but the random assaults of opinions on those I have no influence over.
Where Do My Opinions Come From?
This is one of those lovely parting gifts that we received from the fall in the Garden. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge gave us the delusion that we have the right to our opinions. And the same fruit that rotted inside of Adam and Eve continues to rot within us as we continue to pick and eat it. Our thoughts have to be fed to us from the Tree of Life. The Spirit is the director of our minds. Choosing opinions over the mind of the Spirit is to choose the fruits from the Tree of Knowledge, which is always going to be death.
The long and short of this is that I have a choice of Life or death—opinions or the mind of Christ. It is either-or, not both. By enforcing my opinions, I imprison myself to my simple views and death. And when I see my opinions as the only right view, then I’m prevented from seeing His.
Sadly, if I wish to enforce my right to have opinions over another, I will blind myself to God’s sovereign move and amazing workings in the lives of His creation. God knows we are but dust and He’s able to work together all things for the good of those who love Him. We’re simple sheep, so who can say if my foolish choice isn’t just the right step towards my salvation? God orchestrates my life with the knowledge that I need shepherding – not in spite of that fact. If I receive Him as our all-encompassing Sovereign God, then I’ll have eyes to see His amazing power working miracles in the lives of other needy ones, just like me.
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:4 ASV