Opinion polls gauge what we are thinking these days. Politics are driven by opinion polls. Manufacturing is driven by opinion polls. So is TV. We seem gratified to have opportunity to stand on the soapbox of our personal opinions for those who view opinions as an effective means through which to sift the pertinent or purposeless, likes or dislikes, and the good or bad.
Personal opinions are reflective of societal attitudes, and as long as people inhabit the earth, we will relish the expression of personal opinion. We will revel in the perception that our personal opinion makes a difference in life.
The only problem with personal opinion is how it affects the moral fabric of our nation. On thorny moral issues, personal opinion is often given without any consideration of truth, fact, or consequence. Personal opinion goes a long way in establishing whatever perceived correctness fits the corporate mood.
However, our personal opinions would not prove to be so problematic if we first considered what God’s opinion may be concerning moral and spiritual issues of life. Does God haven opinions about the moral issues of life? You better believe it! How do we know what God’s opinions are? His opinions are revealed expressly in the Bible.
To say that God has an opinion is just to say that God has revealed His mind on issues of life that affect the providential outcomes for humanity. What He reveals in the Bible is absolute. His expressed will is clear. God has not changed, nor will He ever change His thinking. He knows the facts, and is aware of consequences that affect human life for good or bad.
If there is any segment of society that should yield to and promote the extreme value of God’s opinion is the institution of the Church. But, it is right at this point that we have a considerable problem, for many people who constitute the Church are opting more and more to espouse opinions reflective of worldly standards rather than those standards reflective of the standards of God. For that, the people associated with the Church are contributing to in marked manner a compromised association with standards that effectively countermand the good of God.
For example, has it occurred to you that the truest display of humanity is revealed in God’s revealed opinion? That the most sincere exercise of compassion is revealed in God’s revealed opinion? That the greatest good for mankind is revealed in God’s revealed opinion?
Then, that being the case, why is it that the people associated with the Church are permitting themselves to be swept off the standards of God’s Word, and not courageously slaking our nation’s thirst for gross immorality and ungodliness?
The exhortation to the Church is that we expound and express the opinions of God that standardize moral and spiritual thoughts for society at large. It is necessary that the people of the Church search out the Bible and embrace “Thus says the Lord.” It is critical that we remember that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and that His ways are better than our ways.
The Scripture says, “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” A personal opinion may appear as a right way. But, if it is not God’s prescribed way, then the results can be hurtful. We can die in many ways because of the wrong thinking which on the surface appears to be right.
The Scripture also says, “Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.” A personal opinion not guided by God’s opinion is no more than an easy choice for passing the spiritual and moral buck onto the next generation.
There are those who whine long and loud that any type of Christian influence on moral and societal issues is unacceptable. To them, Christian influence is repulsive and to be rejected. Do you know what gives this type of platform viability? It is because the people associated with the Church have too much bought into this type of secular, humanistic opinion.
If you find yourself nodding in agreement with them, you are merely ceding to their opinion while ignoring the opinion of God.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.