Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Meditation XXXIV--The Love of Argument
Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called "knowledge," for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Much of this letter from Paul to Timothy is about people who, it seems, love to argue and stir up controversy. Sure, there are those who believe something (even false things) and also believe it is important to fight what they believe is "the good fight." They may even quote the verse about that fight when defending their vision of what is right or true. But they neglect the verse that comes before it: "Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness."
Of course believers should defend the Gospel, right orthodoxy, and the Christian life. But when our arguments pull us away from that Gospel, the good news, and the life we are charged with, then we are better off shutting up and letting opponents think they are right. Truth will win out. Maybe not today. However, as disciples of Christ, we must trust the God of Truth.
All the Bible verses we memorize will do us no good if we shame the Lord by neglecting his commands as we speak. The devil knows the Bible too, and he delights when anger and self-righteousness pull us away from the love of Jesus.
Lord, as I study your Word and strive to live your Way, let me not become puffed up, but help me to stay close to you, and to meet with your Love those who disagree with me. In the Name of the one who died even for the ones who do not love me, Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.