I should probably start an entire series called, “wut’s yo problem, IB?” because I got peeves, peeves I tell you.
There are several things about Western Christian culture that leave me feeling peevish, mildly disgruntled. With all good humor here and with heaps of grace, this little meme is a good example.
I strive to be “gruntled” not disgruntled. Gruntled means content, at peace. Let’s bring “gruntled” back into the common language, people.
First of all, this meme is passive-aggressive sub-texting. I much prefer plain speaking people bold enough to stand gently in the courage of their convictions and gracefully face the fallout, face the enemy fire. Don’t straddle fences, it does more harm than good.
So I’m going to take a wild leap here and suggest this meme isn’t talking about the sin of gossip. We’re probably not having a debate about thievery. Nobody is arguing in favor of lying. Doubt we’re arguing the merits of murder. This is most likely a dog whistle about homosexuality. So just say that! Tell people you stand on what the Bible says and the Bible calls homosexuality a sin. Yes, there will probably be some objection, resistance, and people disagreeing with you.
Don’t make a passive/aggressive subtweet meme that is vague, hostile, and simply serves to affirm some really bad theology. I mean, if your understanding of what Jesus actually taught us is this poor, why should people believe anything you say about homosexuality?
Second of all, this meme and others like it, are really arrogant, prideful, rude. Your opinion doesn’t matter, so neener, neener. I’m right, you’re wrong, I’m big, you’re small, I win. Bad optics. Wrong way to win hearts and minds.
Third and most importantly, our opinion does matter, it matters deeply to God. The condition of our heart, how we feel about it, what our reasoning is, how it all reflects in our character is everything. Jesus spoke of those who only wiped the outside of their cup, obeyed the rules outwardly for appearance’s sake, but did not take them to heart. He called them white washed tombs.
Jesus also said, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ”
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”
Your opinion matters, because your opinion reflects your belief system, which reflects the condition of your heart. If I want to murder my neighbor or perhaps an ex spouse, it is not adequate to simply roll my eyes and say, “Bummer, the Bible says murder is a sin. Not my opinion, but wut-ever.” You have solved nothing because you still have murder in your heart. The Bible is not a book of rules and laws, one can’t just claim to have not yet physically committed the act of murder, therefore it’s all good.
One could probably even say, “So what is sin?” Having an opinion in conflict with God’s. We all have opinions in conflict with God, that’s kind of the whole reason why we read the Bible, go to church, draw closer to Him, pray things like “thy will be done.” If everyone was in complete agreement with God’s opinions all of the time the world would look like a paradise by now.
Lastly, memes like this imply that you can’t think for yourself, that you are forbidden to question anything. It’s kind of a, “my way or the highway” statement. That’s certainly true about the nature of some people, but that’s not true of God at all. God is looking for us to understand and to come into agreement with Him. Come into alignment with Him.