“zeal… without knowledge”
So there was a big announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court the other day, mayhap you heard? And in the days since, I’ve been in or overheard conversations on homosexuality, the power of the Supreme Court, and the morality of the United States. I’ve read comments and outright diatribes on facebook. I’ve read a few news articles, a few columns, and a few blogs on the subject. The opinions and “facts” are coming from both sides of the issue.
On a personal level, I am good friends with a few people who are thrilled with the Court’s ruling. None of these friends of mine are homosexual, but they agree with the majority opinion. Why do they care, if they’re not homosexual? Because the decision seems right to them.
I am also friends with people who strongly disagree with the ruling. They are not Christians, and yet they think the wrong decision was made. Their reasons range from “it should be decided at a state level” to “it should be decided through the legislative process, not the judicial” to “homosexuality is unnatural”. The decision seems wrong to them.
But you know what I have realized is missing from both sets of people? A solid reason for their opinion. A foundation for their stance. The Supreme Court is right, or wrong, because my friends feel a certain way.
Ever heard of a flip-flop? In politics, it’s a catchy name for a reversal of policy; a change of opinion. And it’s frowned upon. No one minds a true evolution of belief on a subject, but too often a belief is “changed” for the wrong reason. In politics, it’s generally for reasons of a desire for popularity. But the real offense, when a flip-flop is the case, is the discovery that the candidate’s opinion was not sincere in the first place. After all, how firmly can you believe something, if that viewpoint can be switched to the other side?
I respect my friends, in all of these cases. But I do not necessarily respect their opinions ~ even in the case of those whose opinions agree with mine. How can these convictions be anything but caprice, really? Or a better question is, what is the difference between these positions of theirs, and a whim?
Why do you hold the beliefs that you hold? It’s an important question. In Revelation 3, Jesus called out the church of Laodicea for being “lukewarm,” and while that can mean refusing to take a position, I believe it can also mean having positions that are subject to fads or unpredictability.
Regardless of which side you take in this controversy ~ or any, for that matter ~ know why you do. Beware of rationales such as “It makes sense” or “It seems right.” “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) And the fact that your beliefs were strongly held by your parents, or your pastor is not enough. “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5)