From the July 19, 2015 Worship Folder...
How do we engage someone in a grace-filled discussion, who has very different views on cultural issues?
1. Remember, if your views are grounded in God's Word, their argument isn't with you as much as it is with God. The favorite line of those who oppose Biblical Truth is, "You are so judgmental." Make sure that you are biblically accurate. If you are using the Bible, let them read a verse or passage for themselves. From their perspective your grace-filled attitude is equally important to the God truths you declare.
2. Most cultural issue discussions are emotionally highly charged. Be careful to keep emotions in check. Your convictions have an emotional component, but their foundation is logic and rational.
3. Almost never is it a "one and done" conversation to another's point of view. With a loved one or friend, we must remind ourselves that this may be a series of conversations. With that in mind, we should treat the other person with respect and dignity so that the discussion might continue at a future date.
4. It is highly unlikely that you are going to change another's mind. They are going to need to change their own mind. The goal of the discussion is not to WIN the debate, but win the person. When you and I can be trusted, we are more likely to be listened to.