“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.” 1:5-7
A few years back, a co-worker of mine invited me to her Chat Room. It was a new social group she was starting, where you paid at the door to sit around a large round table and discuss spiritual topics and drink alkaline water. (I have to admit, typing that sentence made me a little homesick for the west coast.) I politely declined.
You guys, people are hungry for answers about the meaning of life. A friend of mine regularly travels the world to attend meditation camps and solitude retreats, digging in metaphorical sinking sand for life’s answers.
Over the years, I’ve gotten more protective over the time and energy I put into meaningless spiritual conversations. It’s one thing to push back on your own apologetics, sift through your beliefs and engage in a productive dialogue with a few safe people. It’s another thing to waste time hearing yourself talk.
How do you engage in dialogue about God?
Later in the New Testament, we’ll read about Peter’s instructions to always be read to explain your faith in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15)
No arguing, no shaming, no bickering, no Facebook-drama, no tearing down other Christians. This is not productive and this is not Christ. Let’s not miss the point!
Ladies, if you need some perspective on chapter 2, read this post from Beth.