By the way… Are There Rules of Engagement When Christians Disagree?

The Internet has given us tremendous ability to reach many more people than ever before. We have easy access to get our opinions and thoughts out to people with the help of social media, blogs, podcasts, personal videos, and the like. This includes, obviously, the ability to voice our own individual theological leanings and world views. Because of this, we cannot avoid running into those of differing opinions.

I’ve seen, as I’m sure you have, many spiritual and theological conversations start out friendly and end up in heated quarrels.

“What? You think Christians today have to obey the Old Testament Sabbath Law? Are you crazy? Are you even saved???”

“I’m sorry, but if you aren’t a Calvinist, you obviously don’t believe that God is sovereign! I’m wasting my time talking to you.”

“The King James Bible is the only Authorized Bible, inspired and inerrant! If you are reading any other Bible, you need to repent!”

So, the question on the table is, How do you properly and Biblically deal with disagreements with other believers, indeed, with anyone of an opposing view?

Take a spare 13 minutes to watch this conversation between Matt Chandler, Michael Horton, and Tim Keller on this question. I would ask that you pay particular attention to what they say about not building straw men out of others’ views.


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