Changing the Texture of Public Debate

Friday is for Heart Songs

Changing the Texture of Public Debate
Changing the Texture of Public Debate

How much more civil and respectful and gracious and PRODUCTIVE, all debate between brothers and sisters on different sides of theological issues would be if we simply obeyed just this one verse of Scripture:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.”
                                     (Eph. 4:32)

Today I entered this verse into a online discussion with a brother on Facebook™ and was promptly censored from the discussion. Offline from the discussion the brother informed me that I was not his pastor and ought to leave off of any future interaction. That is precisely the kind of behavior and attitude that has recently shown up in national discussions related to the very public accountability problems that some celebrity pastors have exhibited. 

  • Why is being kind to one another so hard to do?
  • Why is obedience to this command so missing from public debate and exchange? 
  • Why is rhetorical flourish more prized than reasoned, fair argumentation?
  • Why are posturing, and snark, and clever turns of phrase, more valued than honesty, fairness, and accuracy?

One suggestion:  The boastful pride of men.

But what does our God value?:  Micah 6:8

Action Points:  

Pray that this would be true of all the leaders of Trinity Church. Pray that we would be men and women filled with a tenderness toward all those who disagree with us, that we would be kind, that we would model forgiving one another just like we know our great God and Savior has forgiven us.

Pray that this would be the growing character of all Christians everywhere so we would proclaim the excellencies of Christ (1 Peter 2:9) to a watching world..

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