Crazed, distraught and frantic are words associated with hysterical. In this day and age, if you post, say or tweet something contrary to the secular worldview, the mainstream media goes bonkers. Instead of participating in an honest debate of ideals, individuals on the wrong side of political correctness are attacked, defamed and trashed publicly.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15.
One of Jesus’ disciples explains the appropriate way to convince others who currently disagree with you. Peter talks about being prepared for various questions opposing views may ask you. This requires research, study and words of wisdom. Nonetheless, when someone refuses to come to your side, gentleness and respect must be offered.
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so, Acts 17:11.
As a former teacher, its sad to see the immaturity that exists when it comes to debate in this country. College students who are fearful of opposing worldviews are offered safe spaces on campuses to protect their minds. Meanwhile, conservative voices are being silenced, with many having their freedom of speech revoked and shut down by protesters. If only more people would emulate the practices of the Bereans perhaps this current state of hysteria might end. As for now, apply the words of Peter by sharing your views with gentleness and respect.
by Jay Mankus