“It is fairly accurate to interpret that Heaven might be more of a communistic environment of equal-importance, equal-wealth, and equal-attention all distributed by an all-mighty God.”
Opinions. They are fun to have aren’t they? They are entertaining to discuss and deliberate, but it seems that lately they are more enjoyable to enforce upon others. These days, in the midst of social media and 24/7 political commentary, opinions are at the forefront of everyone’s agenda and it has begun to spiral out of control.
In light of all this “us vs them”, “small vs big government” & “socialism vs capitalism” narrative I’d like to offer something to consider; something to think about while we all rally around (or hate upon) the politician that we consider to be the enlightenment (or detriment) to our failing country. I would like to offer a consideration that maybe the opinion you hold so dear is not as superior to the contrary as you may believe. It is unpopular conversation to admit you are wrong. It is an avoided topic to discuss that maybe those feelings you hold deep within yourself are not necessarily taking into account an alternate perspective from a different background. The intent here is not to accuse any one opinion as false, but it is to suggest that maybe the perspective that forms your opinion is one that might need a second opinion to allow the first one to reach it’s full potential.
As I have grown into a version of adulthood I have seen a lot of differing versions of what some would call truth. Some of this is based on academics, some are based on faith, and others based on personal life experiences. All of these versions of truth come from passionate interpretations of what are the perceived superior opinions in a matter of self-trust. My version of adulthood has taught me that trusting someone’s opinion without questioning the source would do nothing but devalue the outcome. Questioning strengthens the belief. As you question you learn about the background and the reasoning behind the passions of others and yourself.
We get caught up too often here on earth with things that don’t matter. With personal gains, with individual opinion superiority and capitalistic driven mentalities. Personal opinion may often get in the way of us positively impacting the world around us if we forget to acknowledge the opposing interaction of an argument we avoid. Avoiding an opposing point of view does not create it’s demise. Avoiding the possible I-was-wrong-and-you-were-right discovery will prolong an opportunity for a bridge to be built between us and them.
We as a species have an automatic desire to be divided amongst ourselves through the predetermined design of our political system. Most of us either mostly associate as a republican or mostly associate as a democrat. That line was drawn in the sand a long time ago when we migrated here from Britain and formed our own government. Politically we are destined to disagree. We have a destined desire to seek out our own opinion and separate ourselves from those that are different. The line drawn between these differing sides of a political conversation has recently been led by such a heavy hand that the line has more accurately resembled a trench than a faint dichotomy. We have dug such a deep divide between the differing opinions amongst ourselves that we have forgotten to consider the origin of those from the opposing side. How is it possible to relate to the other side of a conversation if you have not experienced the circumstance that brought them there in the first place? Can we even relate to the other side of a conflict if it is something that we are unfamiliar?
If you are a man arguing against a woman’s right to choose. Don’t.
If you are a white person explaining the lack of credibility of the black lives matter movement. Don’t.
If you are an atheist snickering at the weak mind of the religious. Don’t.
If you are a financially secure person explaining how lazy the poor are. Don’t.
If you are a naturally-born American citizen with naturally-born American citizen parents and you cheer at the very mention of a deportation policy and a wall. Don’t.
If you just so happen to be born into a circumstance that provides a relatively easy path towards middle-income and you are tempted to scoff at the misfortune of those paying for groceries with EBT. Don’t.
If you are a religious person striving to be like your Savior that once walked Earth but spend more time judging than serving. Don’t.
If you are a baby-boomer evangelical looking down upon the millennial intrigued by socialism as you claim their ignorance and lack of ability to anticipate the future. Don’t.
Every single one of us has an opinion; whether it be personal, societal, biblical, relational, or political, we are a unique blend of individuality on the cusp of conflict at the turn of every corner. It is not within our differences that draws the divide, but it is within our inability to appreciate those differences among us that causes it and the destruction that follows. Nobody’s specific opinion should be portrayed as superior. No one’s opinion should be constructed together in a way that makes another person feel less relative to the truth. An opinion is nothing more than an influenced perspective based on a choice of informational intake. We all have our opinions that are specifically biased based on those choices of intake, and within those choices we should be cautious to not further the divide already drawn between us and those that may see things different.
In closing I would like to introduce a matter of perspective that encompasses the origin of the story. If we haven’t personally experienced the opposite perspective of the opinion we so passionately persuade then we should be cautious to the approach and the outcome of our interaction with those that are outside of our opinion. Let us not condemn them to negligence. The black man knows his situation, the white man does not. The poor man understands the restrictions defined by a lack of wealth, the rich man does not. Those raised religious understand humility through Christ, but the prideful do not. The fortunate few who happen to be born without financial stress understand the comfort of a lifestyle that is blessed and without burden, but those who are unfortunate are born into poverty and labeled and condemned as a derogatory. Let us not forget that this life is merely a glimpse. The only thing that matters is what happens next, our opinions only get in the way. Let us not get caught up in the who, what, and why’s and let us change our perspective so that we may better prepare for the inevitable reign of God upon us. Let us not get consumed in always bothering ourselves with being right in an argument that failed to matter to begin with. Help us not to worry about our own personal gain, our own personal acknowledgment, and our own personal well-being at the indirect expense of those that are less fortunate than ourselves.