Opinions are a dime a dozen. Everybody has one. The problem comes when opinions are not based in truth, but in rumor, innuendo, or outright lies. It is further complicated when we talk about what is truth? Truth is not relative, our perceptions are.

What are people basing their opinions upon? There is an old saying that, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” That holds true for facts. Facts are facts, but how we perceive them, retain them, and recall them is skewed by our moral fabric, our culture, our family, and our own experiences.

Truth is simple and yet complex for that reason. That is why I believe we have to base our opinions on something more than what we see, hear, or feel about something. Truth is something that is based in reality, but also has roots in faith.

I am a Christian and put my faith in God, His Spirit, and His Son. Because of that step of faith, my truth is not just my opinion, but grounded in the Word of God and His promises. I realize many people reading this are from faiths different than mine, and some have no faith in God at all. I am not trying to convert anyone with this blog. I just am shedding light on who I am, how I think, and why I write the things I do.

I welcome differences of opinion, but I have come to the point that I realize that life is too short to let people spew vile things about me or my blogs online. Roseann is reaping the consequences of her tweets. Just this morning Comedian Samantha Bee came under fire for her crude comments made on TV about Ivanka Trump. Why is it that some people have no filter for their mouths?

It is OK to have a difference of opinion, but let me leave you with a scripture that gives great advice: Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about these things.” That is more than just my opinion, it is my faith.


Dan Skognes

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