October 8, 2011
“Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them.” Philippians 4:4
I wonder, “Why does an opinion expressed on religion, politics, parenting, etc., separate one from another—sometimes permanently?” We are told not to squash our children’s imagination, ideas, and to encourage them to broaden their scope on life. But then we become adults, and all of a sudden, opinions become right or wrong.
I read the editorial comments in our local newspaper, and am amazed by the amount of childish behavior in the “he said—she said” attitudes that comes out in print. Rebuttal after rebuttal—and no one gets to a conclusion, only angrier. I couldn’t read any longer without contributing my own crazy letter commenting on what I see while “Straddling the Fence.” [Published 09/28 and available on my website www.souly4you.com.] I see that we need to learn how to climb over the fence and greet those who have ideas we do not agree with and try to glean something from what they say that might make a difference in our lives.
Dear Lord, help us to put down our own opinion long enough to listen to someone else. Amen.