Let's Discuss

Well, in all my years I ain't never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn't be talked about. - Stephen Hopkins in “1776”

Christmas and New Years is an important part of the yearly cycle, as people come together and gather at our mangers, we can bond with our loved ones along with discuss some of the touchier subjects like religion and politics. As much as it is discouraged to have these discussions, I think this is not really what should be our practice. As you read through the gospels much of Jesus’ teaching come from discussion with those who aimed to question him. I think it is important that Jesus did not discourage the discussion, but met it with his own opinion, without becoming uncivil (barring the moneylenders in the temple). In the story of the Pharisees questioning if taxes should be paid or not, Christ does not say anything against the Pharisees themselves, but simply gives his opinion for others.

Having a differing opinion from a family member isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it can be a fruitful thing for all parties involved, if it is addressed less like an overly aggressive converter, but instead with the gentle application. To go forth and make disciples of the world is never going to be easy, nor be solved with brute, verbal force. But with having an open conversation, where parties are willing to listen to each other, we can all be better disciples of Christ by showing how compassion and love can extended to even the most extreme relatives and strangers, and perhaps even help each other grow their discipleship in the process.

Sam Jacobs

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