I recently found myself in another conversation about "being single" (good grief, I grow extremely weary of that topic) and who had the most authoritative air and opinions to share but....the young married girl. (More amusingly, she wanted to tell us all what her young husband thought about this whole topic, i.e. unmarried women)! Perhaps she truly has something valuable to say, but that's not the question here. The question is this: is it appropriate for her to say it? And, much to my amazement, she is deeply insulted if someone (it wasn't me this time, thankfully) points out that she isn't qualified to comment. Get over yourself, sweetie.
Here's another one that pains me: when pastors speak about music. This is a big problem because I believe that, of all people, pastors should absolutely speak about music....but they are not qualified to do so. How heartbreaking is that? Unless you know, or at least understand the level at which you know, J. S. Bach's compositions....do not presume that you can make an observation about a cantata for Lent.
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
-- Winston Churchill
There are qualified speakers and there are qualified listeners. These are equally good things. However, nine times out of ten, in any given situation, you should be listening. But in this age of arrogance we believe personal opinions and learned scholarship are equal. Everyone is talking, but no one is listening.