Who cares about my opinion?

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

Harlan Ellison

Copy-pasted directly from Goodreads.com, where books and quotes are gathered into one convenient website.

Wouldn’t you agree when I say, “Yes!!” to Ellison’s frankness? The truth of this statement seems obvious, but is certainly ignored. Whether we are talking about Obama’s health care programs, or about the Islamic terrorists, or about police brutalities against black residents in US communities, no one should have the right to say whatever they want, before they’ve taken to the time to really assess the facts.

What is the situation, really?

What is actually going on? Behind sensationalized media coverage and angry haters hating on one side or another, where is the truth?

I’ve sometimes wondered if I should try to be more vocal about some of the larger issues that dominate our culture today. I tend to be fairly passive about most of these things. In recent months, I’ve begun to realize that if I want to be a professing Christian, if I truly wish to be the light and salt of the world (Matt. 5:13-16), then hiding inside the carefully trimmed hedges of my church is not the way to go. I must be in the world, as much as I am apart from it; in order to share the gospel to people, I must seek them out and learn to converse with them without resorting to highfalutin religious lingo.

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God calls us to deny the ways of the world, but that does not mean we’re excused for being ignorant. Whether I am sharing the truth of Christ or expotulating on the greatness of God, in every way I should be fully aware of the context of the culture in which I am speaking.

Only then, I think, will my informed opinion become the truth for my listeners.

Apparently, warm donuts are the best.

Credits to my good friend Victor for the following quote. He said the entire thing in one sitting, with no prior rehearsal or script. Made it up right on the spot in response to my question: Why would you want to heat your glazed donuts in the oven before you eat it?

“Just imagine, the sugary goodness melting against your fingers as you sink your teeth in what can only be described as heaven. The dough melting against your teeth. And just as you feel the pangs of sweetness….you take a sip of coffee. And BAM.”

Spoken in a contemplative, deliberate style, with dramatic pauses after every sentence. The dreamy look in his eyes can’t quite be captured in a blogpost, though.

But yeah, I’m sold. Krispy Kreme donuts that have been re-heated in the oven sounds mighty good about now.