I had the opportunity of writing a guest post on the subject, “How to Handle Controversial Debates as Believers” for “Called to Youth Ministry.” I really appreciate the opportunity to write about this topic, and wanted to share some of the article here:
Recently, many heated debates have come up in our society that has been very intriguing to me. Whether it be the close election that we just voted on, or the controversy of Chick Fil A and the issue of gay marriage, or the never-ending debate of abortion. All of these controversial debates have brought up many questions in my mind, and how we should go about addressing these debates with believers and unbelievers.
- We are called to stand in love- This is a difficult place to be as Christians, because many Christians feel that showing love and hearing the opposing party or belief out is a sign of weakness, and therefore not a sign of boldness for God. I disagree; it is more than possible to take a stand for what the Bible says about the issue of abortion, gay marriage, or any other controversial subject in love. I have felt that recently, some acts by Christians have not been out of love, but on the contrary, some of the opposing sides who have been screaming for tolerance and love have not been that loving and tolerant of our right to believe what we feel is right either. So, as Christians who possess the love of Jesus in us, we now must take that love and allow it to live right through and out of us into our controversial subjects with others. It is possible to love people while sharing your personal Biblical belief on an issue.