Proverbs 18

For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.

Proverbs 18

We live in a culture in which everyone is entitled to their opinion. One of the great things about living in America is that we all have a voice. Unfortunately, many of us, at one time or another, confuse our ‘right’ to an opinion with the ‘rightness’ OF our opinion. Now, I’m not trying to hurt any feeling or make anyone mad…   but sometimes even though we have a ‘right’ to give our opinion…   our opinions are far from ‘right’.

What I’m trying to say is that there are some things each of us know well and we, therefore, have something significant to contribute when we give our opinions. But, then there are somethings that we may be passionate about, but we don’t really know squat about it. Just watch the TV, listen to the talk shows, read the blogs and mass emails…   there are a heck of a lot of people saying a heck of a lot of stuff that is just silly nonsense.

Sometimes I wish our culture valued wisdom as much as we value opinion.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding
   but delight in airing their own opinions.
(Proverbs 18:2)