Public Opinion.

I’m reading some of the biblical book of James this morning in preparation for tomorrow morning’s Bible study group. And again, it’s cutting me to the core. I am truly awed by the convicting nature of The Message translation.

“My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.”

Public opinion. To be honest, I’m tempted by the lure of public opinion, and more specifically – public approval. And congregational approval. And family approval. And friend approval. Who doesn’t love to be loved, right?

Later in this section of the book of James, the author points out the terrible dangers of being swayed by public opinion. It leads people to ignore those who are really in need in order to please the powerful. Public opinion leads us down a strange and deceptive path.
The truth is: It’s nice to be loved by the public. But, in the end, it’s more important to love and love abundantly. And, I’m slowly but surely learning the key seems to be this: live an authentic life. Be true. Be real. Be love.

– My dear seminary pals Brahm and Sarah came to visit me at church this morning! I am so thankful for friends. I was oh-so-joyful to see them and share some quality time together.

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