Why I Don’t Respect Your Opinion

random.pngEvery time I scroll through the comment section of a YouTube video or a Facebook post, I find this statement:

“I disagree with you, but I respect your opinion.”

Familiar? I am incredibly annoyed by how often I see this phrase on the Internet, because the reality is that we do not respect one another’s opinions. If you truly respected what I have to say, you would not attack me with your own opinion on the matter. If I truly respected what you had to say, I would not argue with you about it for hours. And I’m going to be bold enough to say that most opinions are ones that we as Christians shouldn’t respect.

If it’s your opinion that killing unborn babies is a right, then I do not respect that.

If it’s your opinion that homosexuals should get married, then I do not respect that.

If it’s your opinion that it’s appropriate to have sex before marriage, then I do not respect that.

However…

I do not agree with your decision to buy such an expensive car, but I respect that decision because it’s absolutely none of my business.

I do not agree with your decision to cut and die your hair, but since it’s not my hair, I respect your opinion.

Do you see the difference? In this world of liberal “tolerance” we have forgotten one very important thing: ABSOLUTE TRUTH. You see, there are some things that are not a matter of opinion: such as killing the unborn, homosexual marriage, or pre-marital sex. These issues are wrong because the Bible says that they are wrong and the Bible is true. My stance on these issues is not my opinion—it’s God’s.

Second Corinthians 10: 4-6 says:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete” (ESV).

What are some weapons of the flesh? Arguing. Trying to convince others that we’re right through our own logic. Hurting others with our words. As I’m sure you have seen, these weapons do not work. No matter how long you argue with people, it is highly unlikely that you will change their viewpoint.

So, what weapons “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion”? The Bible and prayer. Like I recently read in a devotional book, “Why do we think it’s better to debate or convince people with our clever arguments when we can get down on our knees and pray?”*

The absolute truth of God’s Word is just that—absolute. It cannot be explained away or rightfully argued with. By arguing with people on the Internet, we are trying to use fleshly weapons that are ultimately getting us nowhere and making Christians look like intolerant know-it-alls.

Next time you see a post on social media that you disagree with, fight the urge to comment your thoughts when you know it will just set people off. While we should never be afraid to declare truth, we need to remember to use our spiritual weapons—the Bible and prayer—rather than our fleshly ones.

*Peterson, Dwight E. Set Free: OnTrack Devotions. Pilgrimage Educational Resources: Clarks Summit, PA. 2016. Print.

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