We are a society saturated with information; from surveys after telephone calls to big data, cognitive learning, facts and human opinions scattered across all forms of data carriers, social media, and so on. Aside from this phenomena, we have become a society conscious of people’s opinions and for the sake of political correctness, at times we abandon our guiding principles to follow the opinion of the day.
Let me be upfront and state that this article is not designed to voice my opinion on political matters, the hottest news on the world’s agenda or other facts circulating on the information highway. I would like, instead, to point to what the Bible states on the subject of human opinion and how this may affect us.
Proverbs 29:25 in the Message Bible outlines a powerful reality on human opinion: “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”
When I read this scripture I thought “yeah, I have lived it and done that.” Haven’t you too?
Notice the verse says that the fear of human opinion, not human opinion itself, has power over us and since the Bible calls fear a spirit, we need to address this spiritually.
FEAR OF PEOPLE
Jesus told us in Matthew 10:28: “Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is God…” What are we afraid of, really? I surprise myself at times that for the sake of fitting in, I may compromise a principle I believe in. Why do we do that?
Webster defines conformity as “behavior that is the same as the behavior of most other people in a society, group, etc.” Sadly, if we are honest with ourselves, we do this all the time. We engage in conversations with people and agree when we really don’t believe what they are saying, yet we do so to ‘conform.’ We agree so we don’t rock the boat, but in so doing, are we not diluting our identity?
Romans 12:2 is clear: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The key is not only non-conformity to the world, but to be effective, we must renew our minds, replacing thoughts and patterns from the outside, with the truth of the Word of God.
As our key verse in Proverbs says, “fear of man disables”, it’s a trap of the enemy to condition us to follow the masses and not God. We must realize that change won’t take place overnight, it’s a process. We have the weapons we need (2 Cor. 10:4-5), so take courage and happy travels.
WHO ARE YOU? SOLIDIFY YOUR IDENTITY
Our identity is the distinguishing character or personality we develop. So if we know who we are, that character and personality is shaped in our identity. Why would we need to follow anyone who’s belief is contrary to who we are and what we stand for? The answer we must first ask is, do I know who I am?
Some say that who we are is a collection of the experiences we have lived, the places and people we have encountered along the journey of life. I believe, however there is something deeper. As believers, the Bible clearly states we are children of God. John 1:12: “Yet to all who received Him, He gave the power to become sons of God, to those who believed in His name.” Galatians 3:26: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”
But the issue is not so much who God believes we are, but who we believe we are. We tend to self-talk negatively, the voices in our heads tell us we don’t measure up, that we don’t deserve God as our Father and therefore end up relegating Him to a distant God to pursue one day when we are better… The truth is that we’ll never be good enough to deserve it. Becoming His son or daughter is a privilege, one He gives freely when we surrender our lives to Him. He wants to be Lord of our lives.
When we solidify our identity and know who we are, we’ll push past human opinions and into a place of trusting the heart of our heavenly Father who has the best intentions for us.
The verse in Proverbs goes on to say that trusting in God protects from the trap the enemy sets when we pay attention to human opinion. You see when we understand we are children of God and He is our Father, there is protection in that identity. When my son or daughters experience an issue that alerts me or if someone is trying to harm them, as a dad I will step up to protect them.
Knowing our true identify has benefits and one of them amongst many, is God’s protection. We need to realize that we don’t need to let people influence our core beliefs and influence us with opinions that in the end don’t matter anyway. In reality, human opinions are just that…human. What matters is what the Father thinks and that He will watch over us. Psalm 91:3-5: “God will save you from hidden dangers and from deadly diseases. You can go to him for protection. He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. You can trust him to surround and protect you like a shield. You will have nothing to fear…”
Have you fallen into the snare of man’s opinions and find yourself stuck? Ask God to show you who you really are and trust Him to come to your aid when you need Him.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.