Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, and opinions. A month ago, they were everywhere. Phil Robertson said some things that created a heated national debate. I learned something last month, and it didn’t have anything to do with the show.
Many were quick to jump to his defense, citing freedom of speech, of religion, and of opinions. I heard some go as far as to state that he was ‘declaring the gospel’ or ‘a man of God.’ Conversely many were quick to accuse him of hate speech against homosexuals and blacks. It became obvious that the vast majority of opinions from both parties were based simply upon previous opinions. I learned something.
Ours is a generation which no longer has time to look for the facts or dig up the truth. Proverbs is full of verses that address this problem, none in flattering terms. Proverbs 18.2 says, “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” One symptom: spreading rumors. We don’t think we do it, but our generation is better at spreading rumors than ever before, even though finding out the truth is probably just a couple of Google searches away. Are we too easily satisfied by opinions of others to inform us of what we should believe?
Why are the Bereans spoken of well in the book of Acts? Because “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”(17.11) They took time to search for the truth. They checked to see if what they heard matched what was true.
Take the time. Hunt down the truth. Find the facts. On Facebook. In church. To a classmate, friend, or coworker. Whatever you’re hearing or sharing. Until we know the facts, let’s avoid the gossip and stop spreading the rumors.
I’ll leave you with this: “The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.” (Prov 15.14) Don’t settle, seek knowledge.
Let’s act like the Bereans, searching for truth – not just spreading opinions.
Author: Pastor Kaleb Kemper