Can opinions kill?

If we must give our opinions let us do it for the betterment of others not to the detriment of relationships.  Let us not assume that opinions given in such liberal a fashion as any public forum provides will bring anything but grief to those who might be so inclined as to disagree.  We should consider our relationship with Christ and His desire for our lives before our opinions. “‘Everything is permissible’- but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’- but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:23-24  In these verses Paul is talking to the Corinthians who were using their freedom as believers to make excuses for poor choices- poor choices that affected their witness and hurt their brothers in Christ.  He is quoting them as saying roughly: [In Christ] everything is permissible. Paul responds by saying yes- but not beneficial, not constructive.  The believers were struggling with doing what was right in the sight of all.  Paul goes on to say (paraphrased 10:31-32) Do all things for the glory of God that you might not cause your brother to stumble.  And here is the kicker in verse 33: “even as I try to please everybody in every way.  For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”  Seems to me like the only thing Paul cared about was spreading the gospel.  These verses are a few of many that talk about putting others before yourself and that our witness is important. At the end of the day our ministry to others and our desire to see not only non-believers come to know Christ but also our believing friends grow deeper is more important than our potentially divisive opinion.

So before you update your status about the latest political or social issue consider that your net is wide in the scope of public forums.  No matter how fiercely you believe in what you are writing know that there might be a friend out there that was just hurt or someone you have been ministering to that just turned away.  And unless you can select your specific audience to be only those that agree with you, there will be people hurt.  It is not worth losing even one heart to say our opinion in such a public and indiscriminating way.  Words once written and read can not be undone easily.

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