Opinions are Like the Nose on Your Face…

…everyone has one. (Thanks, Brent, for this Quib)

The statement is true. Everyone has something to bring to the discussion. They may not speak up, but you know they’re thinking something.

It has always intrigued me how different we are as individuals. No two noses are alike. Yet with the dawn of the internet bringing the whole world as close as a digital device, you’d think we would be able to find people that think exactly like us. But truth be told, if you put the most agreeable people into a locked room for long enough, they would find something to argue about.

Big, Round, Small, Dainty, Crooked, 

Some people may be more agreeable than others, we call them ‘Pure of Heart’ (Thanks, Kristen, for that Quib). Others have something to say before you even finish your thought (I’m more of the latter). Still, we manage to get along for the most part as long as the thing we’re disagreeing about isn’t one of our hills to die on.

What usually impacts the severity we will hold to a conclusion varies from person to person. You might have strong convictions about not eating meat. I tried to be a vegetarian for a short period of time, but I just couldn’t do it. I love cooking and eating meat. Five weeks taught me that not eating meat doesn’t mean I would eat healthier. I could still have Little Debbies. I have a particular distaste for country music though. I associate it with the most base levels of creativity and I can’t handle it. However, I like blue grass.

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick on your friends opinions. 

When it comes to certain topics among friends and fellow church members, some things are better off left unsaid. Really, it’s no one’s place to try and persuade another man’s opinion. Haven’t you heard of tolerance?

The problem with tolerance is that it usually shows preference with an unethical bias. There are some issues that are important to point out. Perhaps there is a flaw or sin in your brother or sister. I personally appreciate it when someone tells me their is something hanging from my nose. However, that doesn’t give us permission to point out everything we don’t like. Be careful that the things you are pointing out are in alignment with the Matthew 18 principle, and make sure you follow the right steps.

When it comes to espousing your opinions to everyone and everything, you might want to reconsider starting a blog where people can follow you if they want to and ignore you if they aren’t interested. That’s pretty much the only reason for having a blog.

Cutting of your nose despite your face

Perhaps you’re the type of person that can’t see past their own opinions to listen and understand the antithesis to your own thoughts. Chances are, you don’t even know I’m talking about you, but I’ll say what I want regardless. Try using your ears more than your nose*, don’t go putting your nose where it doesn’t belong*, and don’t assume the perfectly shaped image you see in the mirror is the same as everyone else sees it*. You might just need some plastic surgery*.

*These are metaphors, not to be taken literally.

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