Sarcasm and Rudeness Have No Place in Intelligent Christian Discussions
This article is not long. Nor is it meant to be preachy and I hope it is not taken in that context. It is, however, personal and wholly opinionated. My opinion is this: sarcastic, inflammatory and belittling comments do not equate to intelligent discourse.
Few things are as thought provoking or incendiary as a discussion about religion, particularly Christianity. There are those who believe Jesus is the Messiah. There are those who feel He was merely a prophet. There are those who hold firm that the Bible is the Word of God Himself. There are some who say there is no God and the Bible is nothing more than a collection of myths and fables. Then, there are those whose beliefs fall somewhere in between.
I am a Christian. I don’t deny it and never will. I feel my faith is strong. While in college, a professor charged our class to review several books of the Bible as literature. Although I believe the Bible is a factual and historical record, I didn’t feel my faith was threatened nor was I offended as each verse was dissected, discussed and critically reviewed as a work of art, much like a Rembrandt or Van Gogh. Before the semester began, I was a Christian. When the semester ended, I was the same Christian.
So, where am I going with this? I can appreciate an intelligent discussion on Christianity. I can respect another’s critical assessment of the Bible. However, what saddens me is when someone is verbally beaten down and ridiculed for expressing his or her faith. I am equally saddened when that same person reverts to using ridicule to defend his or her position. My thought has always been if one has to turn to being sarcastic and rude when challenged, one doesn’t have a full understanding of the subject being defended. I find this especially true in Christian debates.
I know I have views that counter current societal trends. Most people hold firm to at least one view that another may find archaic. Let’s not get so caught up in our own personal beliefs that we turn away from common decency and disrespect others in the process.