2 Timothy 2:19-26

Originally published by XKCD https://images.app.goo.gl/nsck7ECmShvGAG2y7

“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Do you know how to get something to go “viral” on the internet? Make a foolish and stupid argument.

It's easy. I've had a few.

Do you know what happens after a time though? Your soul begins to wither. You become cynical and jaded. Your heart hardens. Happiness is found in other people's distress and anger.

It's gross.

Over the last number of years I've begun to intentionally avoid such things on the internet. I will have hard conversations in person. Because when we sit face to face we can't forget that the other person in made in God's likeness. But, even then, I am constantly on guard about whether or not the conversation is beneficial or if it's just arguing for the sake of arguing.

Particularly, this is true about sports and politics.

It's becoming more true of just about anything.

I want to be a person that discusses difficult things. I want to be a person who speaks up against injustice. I want to be a person that speaks for the truth.

I do not want to be involved in foolish and stupid arguments.

The latter demands that I listen and be fully present in the hard conversations. It requires me to hear what the other person is saying and noticing when the discussion has jumped the shark.

Today, I'm wrestling with this, “Am I fully present in the midst of difficult conversations or am I only concerned with winning an argument?”


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