The Garbage Bins of Personal Opinion

by | Sep 30, 2016 | Courage, Freedom, Humility | 0 comments

In our small town we have 3 color choices for our garbage
bins. The red one is for recycling. The green one is for yard clippings and the
black one is for household garbage. The black garbage bin goes out each week. There
is nothing to remember with the black one. Where the confusion comes is from
the bi-weekly pickup schedule that alternates between the red bin and the green

What can really mess things up is when some of us on our
street forget which bin is supposed to be put out the night before – the red one
or the green one. The first person to set out their bin can set off a misguided
roll out of wrong colored bins all the way up and down our street. I messed
up this week. I was the first one to roll out my green bin, but it was a red
bin week.

The confusion over a colored garbage bin selection reminds
me of where our American culture finds itself at this moment in our history. There is an
assumption that the first and most visible comment on a subject is one the rest
of us should follow. We have a slavish addiction to groupthink – both in the
Church and within culture. This seems OK until it proves to be the wrong
colored bin of opinion. We live awash in assumption. We follow political
parties in lockstep. We believe something on social media must be true because
it aligns with our bias. We put out our bins of assumption without first
listening to the Spirit only to realize later our confident selection was the
wrong one.

Refuse to jump the
gun and put your opinion on the curb of public opinion before it has been
evaluated in the light of God’s truth. If you do this you won’t have to go back out
to the curb like I did a few weeks ago to retrieve the wrong colored garbage
bin I rolled out in a moment of personal assumption. I rolled out the wrong
bin because I had assumed my neighbor down the street was right in his choice, so
I blindly followed his garbage bin selection only to find out later he was

first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.”Proverbs


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