Most everyone has an opinion about something. To express a personal bias, especially on controversial issues, can cause both positive and negative responses. Depending on where other people stand on an issue, it can affect both friendships and relationships. The question we must ask ourselves is what is the purpose of expressing our opinion? Are we trying to influence others to our way of thinking? Is our opinion to show the span of our knowledge? Is making known our opinion helping to edify the hearer? The problem we are facing today in our country is that people’s opinions are not given to persuade someone but to hurt, and even destroy, those who disagree with their adopted “facts.” Sadly, even Christians are involved in opinion rants. Some of the things they are saying are in direct opposition to the Word of God. Believers are called upon to be peacemakers, not agitators. (Matthew 5:9) The issue of vaccinations is adding to the schisms in our country. Debates rage across our land on whether one should take the shots or not. What makes it so difficult to decide is that there is no governmental, scientific, or medical consensus that unifies a correct presentation. Opinions from differing authorities have brought confusion to millions.
The Federal Drug Administration has yet to certify the vaccines. The Center for Disease and Prevention Control continually vacillates with their ever-changing recommendations. The wearing of masks (and what type) has never been met with a unified consensus that they deter the spread of the virus. Opinions, rather than facts, have dominated discussions. Insufficient knowledge has caused a plethora of responses from the public. Confusion has led people to make careless decisions.
So how should the bewildered public respond to the inoculations and masking? Until the waves of differing opinions die down, it is up to the individual to decide his course of action. If, at some time, the Government announces that a unified consensus of the scientific and medical communities are in agreement that inoculations are safe and that masking has proven to prevent and arrest the spread of Covid-19, Christians may then form their decision based on the Word of God. (References: Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13) What happens if a few years down the road we find out that the vaccines were harmful? I believe that God will protect those who have honored His Word. (Reference: Mark 16:18; Acts 28:3-6)
What about spiritual issues that pertain to Christians? Churches develop divisions among themselves due to differing opinions. Issues like Tongues, Rapture, Healing, Miracles, Music, etc., have caused conflicts between churches. I cannot understand how there can be differing opinions pertaining to Biblical Truths, yet churches continue to sprout opinions that cause disunity. God said what He meant and meant what He said, and there should be no confusion to that fact. People want Truth, not editorials and opinions based upon Biblical misinterpretations. Christians need to be unified in Truth so that the “seekers” will not be confused. Believers need to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying so they can express “un-opinionated” Truth.