I’ve often thought that the empowerment of technology has a big downside to it: it allows anybody to speak their mind no matter how much (or how little) they know about something. When anyone can have a blog, or leave a comment on a blog, it can appear that the playing field is level and that all opinions hold equal weight. I’ll go on record and say that I don’t buy into that thinking. So then, we must look at each person and figure out why they deserve to be listened to and why their opinion on something has weight.
But this is a tricky topic. How do you define an “expert”? And how do you know who is worth listening to and who is wasting your time and mental energy? I’ve been thinking through this lately and I admit that I don’t have any great answer for it. But I was reading through the beginning of Luke this morning and I came across a passage where the angel Gabriel is talking to Zechariah. As he is giving him news from God, he feels the need to tell him why he is worth listening to.
“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God…” (Luke 1:19)
Now those are credentials. Not because of who Gabriel is, but because of his relationship to God. I pray that would be true in my life. So what are your credentials?