When I check out the news feed on my iPhone I always skip over those articles entitled Opinion. I am glad they are labeled that way because I'm not interested in people's opinions of the news. I am just trying to discern what the real news is. Now before you go all political on me I am simply trying to make a point, one that is played out in this week's Gospel:
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Matthew 22:15-21
After telling Jesus that they know He doesn't care about other's opinions the Pharisees surprisingly ask for His. Of course Jesus sees through to their true intentions to trap Him. Jesus answers their question with a question of His own which in effect turns their trap back on the Pharisees. Jesus' response to His own question and answer by the Pharisees pretty much puts an end to the discussion. The wisdom of Christ far surpasses that of the wise of His day, the Pharisees.
This is true today as it will always be. God's Truth, embodied in His Son, is above all. I believe that is how we as Christians are called to view today's news, not with our opinions but with the Wisdom of God. I am not talking about using Scripture to make our points in the debate. I'm talking about allowing our perspective to be illuminated by the Spirit of Truth so that our opinions are not included at all. We must respond to the news of the day lovingly seeking God's wisdom in every situation.
But that's just my opinion.