Epidemic of “Experts”

20200414_134141I recall someone saying or writing, “An expert is someone with a briefcase.”

Sure is no shortage of “experts.”

I am dismayed at the combat being fought over social media.

Not simply the conspiracy folks. Not simply those trying to equate everything to the “end times.” Not simply the party-liners on all sides attacking anyone who doesn’t toe their line.

No, I am more dismayed at the number of friends who are throwing other “experts” at one another. Not merely citing, or quoting, but using someone’s statistics as weapons.

Most of these people are leery of “experts” in other situations; but during the corona craziness they seem to really like “experts,” as long as those “experts” concur with the point that is trying to be made.

I concur that the “experts” often disagree…sometimes in vast ways…

And they have a lot of initials after their names, so they must be smart.

But I wonder at how some of the people I have as facebook friends pick-and-choose their “experts.”

I hope/pray those citing various “experts” have done all they can do to verify the authenticity of the “expert.”

But since some “experts” advocate, for instance, evolution and abortion “rights,” their “expert credentials” don’t automatically mean they are right.

It is certainly okay to have an opinion.

I am simply surprised that many use a host of “experts” to bolster their opinion; and often in a rather harsh manner.

I find myself skipping over a lot of posts simply because another “expert” is being cited.

I do not think there is a vast conspiracy in play.

I do think there is a lot of prejudiced opinions; based on one’s worldview rather than substantiated fact.

But I do ask, if you are hurling grenades of statistics and “expert” opinions at another; chill a bit and be kind… (by the way, the cartoon is one I clipped from a “Leadership” magazine a couple decades ago)


Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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