It was suggested to me to consider giving my devotional thought for the week based upon the passage I am currently memorizing in my time of meditation. I’m open to suggestions so here it is.
This week I am memorizing Colossians 4:5,6 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so you may know how to answer everyone.”
I am striving to have the discipline to avoid engaging in unproductive arguments on Facebook and in person with people in everyday interaction. In the past two days, I have read comments on the Facebook posts of a couple of friends that reflect some (in my opinion) poor principles of interpreting the Bible. The ideas being supported by these flawed interpretations, COULD lead some into heretical beliefs.
My initial reaction was to jump into the fray and speak up, and point out the holes in these statements. But I prayed about this and thought through what Paul had to say here and decided to stay out of it. I got to thinking that my mind has not been changed on any particular topic based upon debates in a Facebook forum. I have seen people offended and relationships ruined by interaction on Facebook. And often times, ideas in print do not come across in the way intended by the writer. It’s hard to season e-mails and Facebook posts with salt.
I may feel better after getting something off my chest on Facebook. But, at what cost?
Another idea came to my mind as well. There are a good number of “outsider” (non-Christian) friends of mine and the people with whom I would be debating. This debate could alienate them or put a sour taste in their mouth regarding Christians and add to their perception of Christians being unloving or know-it-alls etc.
May God help all of us to be wise in the way we interact with people – outsiders and “insiders”. And may we always consider how we might let our conversation always be full of grace and seasoned with salt.