Before You Go Gluten Free Do This

Before You Go Gluten Free Do This

The other day at Chipotle the woman in front of me in line started going off on the young man making her burrito. She insisted in a very rude tone that he change his plastic gloves. He was completely confused as to why.

“You been touchin’ all that rice. I’m gluten free. I cain’t touch gluten.”

I felt sorry for the guy behind the counter, so I gently commented. “Rice doesn’t have gluten.”

The woman looked back at me. “Serious?”

“Yup. Serious.” I smiled.

“How you know?”

“My wife is gluten intolerant. Gluten makes her sick. We have to be very careful. Do you have a gluten allergy?”

“Naw. I just ain’t gonna eat gluten. I heard it’ll kill you.” She paused, looking back over the counter. “Them beans have gluten?”

“Nope. No gluten in black beans.”

She shook her head and muttered an expletive. I was gonna tell her that the tortilla they were using to make her burrito was full of gluten, but I was tired of talking.

That little interaction exemplified for me one of the main problems we face in our country today.

We’ve all got strong opinions and want people to bend over backwards to accommodate us. But very few of us ever do the research to figure out why we hold an opinion. We settle for reading emotionally charged headlines and tweets that are carefully crafted to convince us of something. We swallow it, without ever actually looking into it.

I do it all the time. I have to catch myself. I’ve actually decided that on some things I’m not going to have an opinion because, honestly, I don’t want to take the time to do the research or the solution is clearly not simple.

I wonder if maybe we should all just chill out a little. Take some time to really research the issues before shooting off an opinion. Stop falling for news headlines that are written to get us to click on their site and see all the ads they are making money off of. If you do click, read the entire article and read between the lines.

Let’s be slow to form opinions and really take some time to research. But most importantly, let’s be gentle and compassionate when we share our opinions.

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion… An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:2, 15