Should I stay or should I go?

Not here…. For a long time I have been a member of a small basically conservative Christian discussion board. I rather felt the members had got fed up with the endless re-iteration of the debate over the rightness of gay Christians being in a relationship, and I shut up. It seems I shut up too long.

A few days ago one member posted an outburst of such vituperative vileness that I exploded. I was not helped by the fact that I had not been on the board for a couple of days, and apart from a defence by the resident secularist members, nobody had protested and the post which was in clear breach of board rules had not been removed. My explosion, rather out of character in written discussion, got the whole thread axed. I slammed off the board, rather. Now I am asking myself if now I’ve got a better control over my temper, I go back and argue it out.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past going through the same arguments again and again to change minds. I know half the minds on that board are firmly shut, and I admit to a kind of sinking feeling at the idea of going back and going through the arguments yet one more time.

But perhaps I should – so that the truth is witnessed, more moderate members supported, and the secularists thanked and let to know that at least some Christians do not take such a stupid attitude. I dunno.

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3 responses to “Should I stay or should I go?

  1. Very noble of you but I am not sure I could muster the energy.

  2. I’m not convinced that people can be changed by argument if their minds are as closed as you describe. Experience is the really effective teacher, and one can’t predict or determine the experiences that people will have.

    When I was agonising about whether to stay in the church in which I had been brought up, a friend said to me, ‘Don’t think you can change the organisation from within. Go where you see the spirit working’. I’ ve always found that principle helpful.

  3. Rosemary Hannah

    I have compromised. Gone back, helped the debate, supported the moderates and those who see it more as I do, and then left. i cannot be in such a narrow place.

    But I would be terribly unhappy if I thought that nobody was capable of altering what they think for rational debate. I am sure that for some it does change minds, and that thought and experience are two sides of a coin.

    Dearie me – I can’t be the only Spock clone out there!

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