An opinion about opinions

This is from my opinionated husband Glenn:

Something that I have noticed about our society is that it is not difficult to appear more knowledgeable and capable than you might actually be in a given situation or context. This great gift is made possible by the abundance of ready-made opinions available for your consumption and application at key opportunities. Take my fantasy football team, for example. At the time of this writing, I happen to be in first place in my league, which is populated by highly dedicated and focused “team owners”. This would seem to indicate that I am an informed observer of player statistics, an astute monitor of performance trends, a veritable sentry of all things NFL. However, the truth is that I have depended heavily upon the insight of my brother-in-law (who initially drafted my core players) and a website that said that I needed to pick up James Starks (RB in Green Bay of whom I had never heard). I do not apologize for my first-placeness, nor do I wish to concede my primacy to another (regardless of merit). But I digress.

Political pundits, Dr. Phil and amateur bloggers have made their opinions available at the click of the mouse. Current information and opinions regarding it are so accessible that it is easier to simply adopt a rational perspective than to bother with creating your own. And as there are so many sources of apparently rational opinion, no one ever need know that your perspective on Feng Shui design came from a Google search and two minutes of reading the first site that came up.

But what happens when this approach to logic and decision-making is applied blindly to more important things? More specifically, what happens when one ceases to let the Word of God and a personal relationship with Christ drive his or her life, deferring to a rational, mainstream approach to spirituality that depends more upon the opinion of others than on scriptural truth?

I like looking smart to the rest of the fantasy football league, but I acknowledge that my success has stemmed from my adherence to others’ rational opinions. And I must recognize that when God looks at me, he isn’t interested in the blogs that I follow.

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