Opinions are cheap. All information is cheap anymore. The minute there is more supply then demand of anything, that thing loses value. What does this mean to you or I who blog? It means that either we are saying something important, or we are adding to the noise.
Christ was asking Peter a public opinion poll. “Who do others say I am?” The next question was personal; “Who do you say that I am?” It seems to me that the second question was of more import than the first. The first question was merely a set up. It was the noise. The background. It’s as if Christ was saying to Peter, “Out of the noise, the rancor, and the popular consensus among the the disillusioned and blind, what do you believe?”
Does it matter? Does what Peter thinks matter?
These are loaded questions. It matters to Peter. Answer number one.
Answer number two: His answer is the only thing that matters. In fact, Christ said that He was truth. He is the Rock upon which the church is being established.
“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father has revealed it to you. Upon this rock I will build my church.”
So we all have a say. We make all sorts of noise. We add to the noise. We share common beliefs. At times, our cultural identity, church identity, and personal judgment are inseparable, but the only thing that is important enough to matter, important enough to reshape our live around, is something bedrock and unshifting.