I have often seen this trajectory repeated in the lives of others. I have wondered how this pattern of pride could even happen. How could a young Christian given the anchor of God-centered theology be such a fool? Here is why: he’s not mature.
Such a great article. Probably because I have been there. Except that I had Twitter and Facebook. I often find myself looking back at my posts. I still agree with my words, most of the time. But my tone at times hasn’t been as refined. I’m closer to maturity today, but still have a long way to go. But I am glad that the author ends on this note:
Don’t bow to cultural expectations of Christian niceness. One way people like to get the upper hand in a debate is to claim you are being mean. What they really mean is that you are a nasty person unless you agree with them. So Calvinists have a mean spirit because they have a horrible God who predestines people to hell. Complementarians are mean because they subjugate women. People will point out Matthew 7:1 and tell you to be more like Jesus (except in all the places where he castigated people). You could be the nicest person in the world and still be called a bigot. The culture’s “be nice” police does not put up with disagreement.
This falls right into the running thread of tolerance in our culture. Disagree and you are deemed intolerant. Makes you question whether they truly understand what that word means.