It’s An Opinion, Not Fact

It’s An Opinion, Not Fact

For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” 1 Thess. 5:2

This morning I read a story about Fox News. Viewers are irate with the network’s chief news anchor, Shepherd Smith. It turns out Smith called into question the facts related to a potential Hilary Clinton “uranium” scandal. President Trump has made accusations against Clinton regarding the sale of uranium to Russia. He said there was clear evidence of a link between donations to the Clinton Foundation and a State Department decision which allowed the sale.

According to the article, Shepherd Smith reported the many inconsistencies in the Presidents facts. Points which make the connection impossible to believe. However, the article was not about facts, but the response of Fox viewers. It reported that “Twitter was brimming with outrage.” They included two twitter feeds to support the claim. It also suggested Sean Hannity referred to Smith as, “Anti-Trump.” However, this reference was not actually related to this specific report.

In the end, the article had nothing to do with the sale of uranium. Its purpose was to call into question the intellectual level of Fox News viewers. And to highlight the manipulations of Fox News. The article switched from reporting facts to opinions. Facts draw us into a common ground of agreement. Opinions are divisive and cause dissent.

Add this one story to the rest of the insanity in the news, and I can tell you, the end is near. The thief has arrived. I hear him breaking through the back window even as I write.

That’s not true. It is an opinion and not fact. We are too quick to call those who do not agree with us evil, or at least, an enemy. Too ready to surrender to hopelessness. Our own anger clouds our vision of how to engage the world. You cannot transform the world, but you can reform your heart with compassion. It begins with a recognition that each person you meet was related to God long before they were related to you. Unfortunately, too many of us forget this truth. So you will need to encourage one another and build each other up, so we all experience peace and security.

Click to read: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

Reflection Questions:

  • What about the current state of affairs do you find most disheartening?
  • How can you focus on facts instead of opinions?
  • Do you consider every person you meet as related to God? Why or why not?
  • How can this change how you interact with people?

 

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