“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
~Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NRSV).
We speak inordinate lies, every one of us. We seem to have an opinion on just about everything, for these resound from our beliefs—not the type ‘in God’—and those are strong. When we decide in the fleeting second that we can contribute to something, we offer it.
Qualified to Assess, Judge or Have an Opinion?
But most things we have views on we don’t have aptitude to judge—other than eyesight—and neither the experience nor qualifications... in sum, we lack knowledge.
Why are we bringing about the consequence of judgment upon ourselves?
It’s abundantly simple. Our minds are impulsive; willingly do they obey the heart that fuels our attitudes. It’s a function of many things adding to the subject of a lack of maturity.
Do we have the authority (from God) to comment? This is a fundamental question for the true Christian to ever ponder as they’re sorely tempted to weigh in with their ‘contribution’—does it bring glory to God?
Undisciplined people allow themselves the foolish luxury of a loose tongue. Occasionally to very often it reaps for them danger or embarrassment or loss of credibility.
What We Have Learned Qualifies Us
Positive weight is added, in terms of esteem, to the person who discerns the data for a qualified decision as they’re experienced for the task. Heaven only help the person criticising a qualified person who assesses correctly!
It does us good to consider every once in a while—no, actually, continually—“What have I learned that qualifies me to assess, judge or have the opinion that my heart is bursting to inform the mind of—and therefore utter?” “Is it truly knowledge or is it for some other reason?” “Is it because I feel threatened, or want to break the ice, that I mention it?”
What have we really learned... really?
Shrugging off the propensity of the world’s dogma might be difficult, but it’s necessary. It just doesn’t do for a person committed to Christ to allay truth.
It is better by far to reform ourselves toward circumspection by ordering truth.
What have we really learned?—it’s a good question in life because it adds knowledge from that which we have authority; we speak truth and are anointed by God in these ways.
Knowledge is power, but the pretence of knowledge is worse than simple embarrassment—it’s contempt of God’s court of life. It’s the slaking of desire to the rejection of the will of the Lord.
Assessments, judgments and opinions—put them through the sieve of truth. This is something we should be able to claim we’ve learned most of all.
Have we really learned this?
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.