What do you think?

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“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.””

Matthew 11:18-19 NIV

In the days after a major news event, we are now over-exposed to opinion. This is largely due to the fact that social media provides a platform for us ‘experts’ to express it with out the face to face confrontation. There’s also the knowledge that, even if there’s haters, there’s bound to be those who agree and that’s enough for us to feel ok with expressing pretty much any view without thought on how it may effect those close to or involved with the event.

In short, we are broken humans who are insecure and have a distorted sense of our understanding and knowledge and a lack of compassion and wisdom. We can criticise someone for doing something a particular way, but would equally be able to quickly find a criticism to fire at them if they had acted in the opposite manner too.

We are focused so much on injustice and finding fault because we live in the shame and guilt of our own shortcomings. We can only see things from a purely compassionate and loving stand point, not feeling the unquenchable desire to express a thoughtless opinion, if we find true freedom from our own guilt and shame. We can love who we are, as we are, even with our past faults and current weakness. Until we stop running everyone’s opinions back and forth in our own heads about the ‘news worthy’ events behind our own facades’ we will continue to present ours to others to the detriment of relationships and our own freedom and joy.

“God is not ashamed to be identified with the parts of you that you think you need to hide” 

– Steven Furtick

I’m so thankful that the offer has been granted and I have accepted that offer in my faith in Christ. I still may offer the odd thoughtless opinion when I struggle, but I will always know I can feel comfortable to stand corrected because I know my God isn’t the ‘god’ that is often portrayed as a harsh dictator ready to punish my mistakes. He took my shame and guilt so he didn’t have to punish me, and any discipline I’ve ever received and accepted has only ever made me stronger.