Welcome to my blog! My hope is that you will be encouraged to stop and think on the things of God. I hope that you also will bless others with your thoughts. Don’t be afraid that it might be “not profound” or anything, or that I will academically butcher your comment.

But do it unto the Lord.

— zoebios121

We often don’t think about why we discuss, comment, investigate, or “debate” about things. Aren’t those synonyms of the same thing anyway?

I would venture to say, “No.”

The Way Most Comment

More specifically, most people vest too much of their own self-worth upon their opinions when they comment or discuss. They come into something with a conclusion and set out to prove that they must be right. This takes them with the wrong perspective, so talking with those people comes down to a verbal fistfight and a lot of huffs and humphs when it is over. Someone’s going to be wrong, someone’s going to be right, and everyone’s going to be really uptight.

The Way it is Here

A now-forgotten method was pioneered by Socrates: two or more people come in with a general but clear set of ideas, and they examine it together. I blog with thoughts. You reply to my ideas or offer new ones or make me clarify. I respond in the most gracious, reasonable way possible, and we go on. That’s the way I do things. The purpose isn’t to “win”: the purpose is to edify (and be edified) and arrive at the truth.

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

— Colossians 1:28–29

So don’t be so thin-skinned: ideas are to be picked apart and examined; people should not be.

So go ahead: comment! Lue-Yee and I don’t bite. And if Lue-Yee does, then I’ll make him apologize. Humility is a good thing that we all need more of.

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