I have been seeing a pattern evidence itself while perusing some comments pages and responses to friends posts on the Facebook pages. My observation is that folks of “faith” or Christians are continuously getting in verbal [virtual verbal] arguments with those that are bound and determined not tot have faith in the things we as Christians hold dear to us.
The one I see the most is that the scriptures [Holy Bible] are just a bunch of stories, and those agnostic/atheistic types have tons of “proof” that it is just that, a good story book written by well intended folks with nothing but animus for mankind when they wrote them. Their supposed reason for writing these “tales” is to “dominate” the world through religion and force everybody to live by their rules. Whereas the truth could not be farther away from this premise, they continuously “jump on” anybody who might say that America is a Christian country, or the God will bless our efforts as a country or any mention of the Lords working to make life on earth different.
That being said; I get to the crux of where I am thinking and observing. I see post after post of fine intentioned “Christian” folks in an argument with those non-believers trying their best to prove them wrong, get the point instilled etc. One thread I read recently was 139 replies long. In the end nobody made the other person “back down” from the ground they were defending. The Proverbs repeatedly make mention of the fool and his follies, and that “we” are not to stoop to try top reason with the “fools” of this world.
My observation is that a lot of time and effort is being wasted on these “fools” in trying to “convince them” that they are wrong. Before everybody gets in a huff, I want to say that I am no way stating that we should not witness and testify to those around us and show them our Gods love , grace, and mercy; and show them the “way” to the truth. Heaven forbid, what I am saying is that we can testify to the effects that we have witnessed in OUR LIVES, and share the gospel without getting into a bickering match with hard-hearted fools. We are instructed to sow or “plant seed” to grow our spiritual gardens, we don’t successfully “pound out” fruits. Sow the seed, let the Holy Spirit bring about the change, arguing about it will not “grow” it.
If we spent the energy and effort that some do in arguing the validity of Christian principles in spreading the peace and love of Christianity on a personal level, we would effectively increase the “return” on our time investment.
Just my two cents worth.