There’s No Sense Arguing

no sense arguing

 

Some would say the world is getting worse. In some ways I would have to agree. I didn’t think I would ever see the kind of apathy that is shown today towards Christianity and godliness. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised though. It’s not as if the Bible didn’t warn us that godlessness would occur.

“There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

(2 Timothy 3:1-5)

But it’s the Christian reaction to these actions that has been, in many ways, confrontational. I’ve seen many blog writers on these very pages use their platform to argue with atheists or others who love to use their time to berate and belittle those who profess a belief in God. I understand that we are tasked to bring the gospel to the world. If we take our discipleship in Christ seriously, we must follow his command in Matthew 28 to go into the world and baptize people in His name.

Sadly, the approach for many Christians is to argue with those who have no desire to hear the gospel. Or, we’ll argue with those of different doctrinal beliefs so we can prove them wrong and prove ourselves right. This does nothing but breed contempt for the good Jesus would have us teach. Sure, others who have no love for God will stop at nothing in order to persecute us with their words. They’ll attack Christians with claims of ignorance or bigotry.

In the end, there’s no sense arguing with someone who has no desire to listen. As 2 Timothy says, when people become “lovers of themselves” and have no desire to hear the saving message of Jesus, “have nothing to do with them.”  Their influence will only have a negative effect and keep us from teaching those who are searching for the truth. Remember, “a fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2) and “do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself” (Proverbs 26:4).

-Joe

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8 thoughts on “There’s No Sense Arguing

  1. rlyew999

    Hey man, great post btw, but I would have to ask you: what is your approach to the people who constantly bash christianity? The Bible does say we need to always have an answer to those who question our beliefs.
    Your post is thought-provoking, yes, but when does a debate evolve into an argument?

    1. Joe Butler

      Thanks for the comment and the questions you posed. You are correct that we should have an answer for the hope that we have. But that’s exactly it. I explain the hope I have in God. I don’t need to argue over the goodness of God. I just share God and my testimony about him and how he has worked in my life and invite the listener to give God a try. I believe if my life matches what I say I believe then others will be more open to the saving message of Christ. I just try to follow Jesus’ example. He didn’t berate or argue for people to follow him. He simply spoke the truth, loved others, and gave them the opportunity to decide for themselves.

      1. rlyew999

        But you have to wonder what Jesus was thinking whenever he gave a reply to the Pharisees. He knew his answer would anger them let alone persuade them of their thinking.

      2. Joe Butler

        Jesus faced a very unique situation when dealing with the religious elite of his day. The Pharisees were perverting the truth and creating a legalistic religion based on following rules. In the process it was causing people to stumble and lose sight of the love of God. I’m inclined to think that Jesus knew he would have little luck persuading the Pharisees of their spiritual blindness. I think he called them out publicly in order to show all the others nearby that what these Pharisees were teaching was false and that they needed to put their trust in the one true God, not some men who acted like they were God.

      3. rlyew999

        But whats intriguing is why Jesus replied at all to them. What was the point of all that? He could’ve just told the people they were false teachers instead of a calling them out.

      4. Joe Butler

        That’s a good point. I don’t really know why Jesus would have taken such a hard stance against the Pharisees. Paul in Galatians 1 takes a very hard stance against false teachers as well and pronounces them eternally condemned (vs. 8). It appears that God is very tough on those who would pervert the truth for their own personal gain. Much of the Bible teaches us about our reliance on God and when the Pharisees took control and used the law to their advantage, they needed to be chastised for it. Just a side thought, but Jesus could have confronted the Pharisees and religious elite because they were the ones who would fulfill prophecy and have Jesus executed.

  2. ephesians413

    I agree. It’s a waste of time. If anyone really wants to know God, they hopefully can see by a Christian’s behavior that Christianity works. Then maybe they will ask about how to live a life in God. Words don’t seem to mean a lot to people nowadays, but if they see a godly life (not a goody two shoes life), they may be provoked to live a little better themselves. However, sometimes words are important to help some people.

    1. Joe Butler

      I’ve found that problem with arguing is opinion is used too much. It really doesn’t matter what I have to say about the Bible when speaking to a nonbeliever. I’ve learned to let God’s word speak for itself and let the example of my life do the rest. That’s all I can do…love God and love others. Someone who is receptive will respond to that message.

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