It seems that everyone has an opinion about, well, everything nowadays. And with all the social media outlets, everyone is sharing their opinion about, well everything.
I find it strange that because someone is an athlete or celebrity of some sort that their opinion is immediately seen as more important than a non-famous person’s opinion. And if a famous person expresses an opinion contrary to “popular” opinion…well, they must have their famous “status” taken away.
And while everyone (even a famous person) is entitled to their opinion about everything and everyone has a right to use words to express those opinions...perhaps everyone would be better served to stop and think about their opinions before sharing them with everyone else.
Ephesians 4:29 tells us (and I like how the NIV translates it) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…” For modern purposes, we could add “or out of your keyboard.”
Frequently I will see friends post things on Facebook that, to put it nicely, could be described as “unwholesome.” Most of the time it concerns public officials who have been duly elected to their public office.
We don’t have to always agree with, for example, the President of the United States, but we do always need to show respect, if not to the person, than to the office. The same is true of every elected official regardless of their office’s prominence. When we resort to speaking/writing about them in a less than respectful way, then even if we are right, we are wrong.
And this applies even to those unelected people with whom we disagree. We don’t need to call them names or be disrespectful towards them.
So how then should we converse with people with whom we disagree, whether it is a political, athletic, or personal or whatever other type of disagreement you can come up with?
Let’s finish Ephesians 4:29 - “...but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
If your “critique” is intended to belittle or disrespect the other party, than you probably should keep it to yourself. If it is meant to build them up and benefit anyone else who may listen, then maybe it should be said or posted.
But that’s just my (and, I believe, Paul’s) opinion!