Fallible Opinion

Whiz Comics #22 (Oct. 1941), featuring Captain...
Whiz Comics #22 (Oct. 1941), featuring Captain Marvel and his young alter-ego, Billy Batson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a Superman cape hanging in my office, because I put on a costume and save people, and I always want to remember to focus on people in need, but I’m probably more like Shazam than Superman, because when I’m speaking theologically, I’m confident what I’m saying, because although I’m not speaking Ex Cathedra, as long as I can back up what I’m saying with a coherent interpretation of Scripture, I’m strong, but when I’m speaking personal opinion, I’m Billy Batson.

But I believe that, as a citizen of the United States, I have a duty to express an informed opinion. Of course, the Internet is a mixed blessing, since “informed” takes on new meaning with a virtually unlimited amount of information on any topic. So when I express an opinion, not only do I consider that opinion fallible and subject to change, but I’m also usually looking for counterpoints to better understand the issue, which is rarely as black-and-white as proponents of both sides of the issue would like to make it. I’m also terrified that someone might see my opinion on something and, because I’m a pastor, turn against Jesus or the church because they disagree with my opinion, which I’m just as likely to disagree with in the future.

So with that in mind, I submit my opinions here as just that, opinions, subject to change, likely wrong, based on my limited experience, and encouraging alternate viewpoints.