One of my very first blog posts was about the burden of having too many opinions. Way back then I wrote that one of the unfortunate side effects of education was that you end up having opinions about pretty worthless things. I reread that post this morning and realized that there is one thing I would add to it, that being opinionated isn’t just a product of education. It also comes with personality types. One of my best friends has no opinions, not because he isn’t educated but because he was one of those saints gifted with apathy.
I envy him horribly. I was not given such a gift. It is really easy for me to be decisive which is a great word that actually means “arrogant” in most situations and a “jerk” in some others. One of my greatest flaws is that I am tempted to care about things that are not really worth caring about. Sometimes there is great pressure from other people to care about these things. Sometimes the pressure is more internal and pride based.
Over the last couple weeks I have begun a new “deopinionating” cycle with the hopes of getting rid of some of the more burdensome and pointless opinions I have.
So this morning for your humor and amazement, here are some opinions I am throwing away:
White Boards Vs. Brown Chalk Boards Vs. Black Chalk Boards: You wouldn’t think people would still care about this but oh boy do they! But from here on out I don’t.
Theories of the Atonement: We have spent 2,000 years arguing about this one and the smartest people are the ones who say, “There is some truth and some falseness in all of them.”
The Best NBA Team of All Time: ESPN.com has dozens if not hundreds if not thousands of articles on this very topic right now. I accidentally read two of them and started to be angry with those who think this year’s Golden State Warriors are better than Michael Jordan’s Bulls but then I remembered I didn’t care.
How to Interpret “Faith of Jesus”: This phrase only appears seven times in the New Testament but it is one of the current hot button issues in biblical interpretation. Does it mean faith we have in Jesus or the faith that Jesus had in God? Nobody knows or will ever know. More than that, I read one article that tried to explain why it matters and it turns out it doesn’t really.
The True Meaning of the Word “Easter”: There are scores of internet memes trying to argue that the word “Easter” has something to do with the pagan god “Ishtar.” It actually doesn’t at all and I wouldn’t mind pointing that out to all the uninformed nitwits who post those memes every Holy Week but in the end who cares? I officially don’t.
Is Strengthfinders a False Gospel?: Don’t get me wrong, if it isn’t than it is almost. Actually I have written on this before and received resounding accolades for my opposition. However, my opinions about Strengthsfinders are greatly influenced by the fact that I worked under a pastor who threw the Bible out of the pulpit and replaced it with Gallup’s books. I am now willing to admit I may have over reacted and that there might be a little merit in Gallup’s personality assessment tool, but only a very little.
How Quickly Donald Trump is Destroying America: I get it. We all want to have an opinion on Trump’s resounding success in the early primaries. We all want to prove we can find the next best insult for either him or his followers. We are in a competition to see who can denounce him quickly enough. And if you don’t know the latest ridiculous thing he said or did you are looked at as being a neanderthal. Any more we are just overreacting to Trump’s overreaction. And maybe for that reason I have decided not to play that game.
If you are getting rid of opinions you can post in the comments below or to my Twitter under the hashtag #deopinionating or to the Gobeforegrace Facebook page.
Have a great third week of Easter y’all!