We hear a lot about public opinion polls. Polling firms talk to people to try to determine what they think about some issue. Then they tell us what we think.
Help us not to be influenced too much by public opinion.
Help us instead to seek to know, as best we can, how we should approach an issue based on our following of your Son Jesus. Let our thinking be guided by your grace and love more than by any other factors.
Even then, help us not to be overly satisfied with our opinion. Guard us against the tendency to make our minds up about something so completely that we are not open to new evidence or to developing situations. After all, we can come to a fuller understanding of how our following of Jesus and of how your grace and love would lead us to approach an issue.
Help us not to be content just to have an opinion. Remind us that if a matter is important enough for us to have an opinion about, it’s probably important enough for us to do something about.
Show us how to act in ways that will help. Help us to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Help us to live so that, if pollsters were to conduct a poll to find out how people know whether or not someone is Christian, the #1 answer will be, “We know they are Christians by their love.”