I Was asked recently about what my opinion was over a very socially controversial subject. As I thought about how to respond, I was careful to make sure that person knew that what I was telling them was an answer from the Word of God. Now that may sound very basic to you, but in our day and age, much of what you hear in the public forum is not “Bible” but man’s opinions wrapped up in religious garb.
Every person will have to decide what the authority will be in their lives, it will either be what God says, and has preserved for us in the Word of God, or it will be what the prevalent social opinion is. Be careful because the opinions of society changes daily… but thankfully, the Word of God is unchanging.
As you answer people, consider the advantages of answering people with “The Bible Says”.
1) Your opinion doesn’t become one of many, you are answering them from the only true Authority.
Every person has an opinion… much of it is influenced by our upbringing, or the social conditions that we are surrounded by, or by what we have been taught. That begins to make truth relative to situations and subjective to the person, questions like “Well what do you think it means…” vs “This is what God says”. We know that everyone has OPINIONS about everything from “same sex marriage” to “creation vs. evolution”. But only God the creator defines what is right and wrong… not me.
2) It keeps the issue from becoming personal.
Don’t misunderstand what I said… the Word of God is deeply personal and convicting… but it is God’s words, not mine. If you ask me something and I answer you based on what the scripture says and you don’t agree… your argument is not with me, it is with the author of the Scriptures. So when my answer is deemed “socially unacceptable” or not “politically correct“… that does not make me a bigot… it really only reveals that you don’t believe God… and I am not in that fight.
When my answers come from the Bible.
3) It makes it easier to be consistent.
I have my own personal likes and dislikes, but if I constantly strive to keep my thinking “biblically correct”, it does make my life a lot easier… If I stick to the Bible, I know that what is wrong today, will be wrong tomorrow, and what is right before God today will endure to the end. I am not subject to political polls or people’s opinions… I don’t have to worry about which way the wind is blowing or what the arena of public opinion is right.
We live in a world where people are more worried about if people will “like or support” them than they are about having real personal convictions. I have only been in the ministry for 15 years or so… but at the end of the day, if what I have said is done with a loving spirit and an accurate representation of what the Bible says… then I know that I have done the right thing.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions.