There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Opinions are like noses, everybody has one and they usually stick them where they don’t belong.” The meaning is pretty obvious in that too many times we assert our opinions where they are used to instigate more trouble than solution.
In the book of Judges one of the key verses is…
Judges 21:25 (NASB95) 25In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
…In other words, when there was no authoritative standard everyone began to walk according to his or her own opinions and it was nothing but trouble for Israel. They were divided among themselves and facing continual harassment from their enemies. It was a sad time where God had to raise up individual standard bearers to turn the people back to God and defeat their enemies.
I have heard several leaders say this, so there is no need to quote any one person for this statement, “When someone asks me my opinion on something I simply say I am of no opinion but God’s Word says this…” In other words, I refuse to give you an opinion in which you make seek to argue with but I will give you the forever settled Word of the LORD.
Colossians 4:6 (NASB95) 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
If people want to argue, let them argue with the Word, not your opinion even if it is reasonably correct. God has not promised to defend our opinions but He has promised to back up His Word.
It is time we all began to be of no opinion but rather bearers of God’s truth alone. Its time our convictions concerning the Word of God are made clear. We believe it. We speak it. We live it to the best of our ability. We have no need to get in debates over it. God has already declared that long after everything else fades away His Word will remain.
People used to say, “The Bible says it, and I believe it, that settles it.” The truth is that is not a correct statement. The correct statement is, “The Bible is settled whether I choose to believe it or not.”
…I’ll leave you to ponder on that one.