If you have a valid argument, don’t dress it up in the clown makeup of untrue, arrogant, outrageous claims. A Rhodes Scholar in clown makeup still looks like a clown.
7. It Lumps Me In with the Crazy People
I don’t mind when people I disagree with make outrageous claims. They’re hurting their own cause.
But I can't stand it when people I agree with act clownish, because you’re not just lumping yourself in with the crazies, you’re tainting me, too.
8. It Lumps the Church In with the Crazy People
If you’re a believer and you’re posting or sharing extremist stuff, please stop. You’re not just hurting the church, you’re distancing us from the very people Jesus has called us to help.
9. It Lumps Jesus In with the Crazy People
Worst. Thing. Ever.
10. It’s Always Negative
Why is it that the supposed facts ‘no one else has the guts to say’ are never about how extreme God's grace is, how reliable the Bible is, or how many Christians are feeding the homeless and rescuing orphans?
Be careful of people whose message is always negative, mean, loud and angry. Sure, there's plenty to be angry about. But truth without joy isn’t true.
Their incessant negativity should call their validity into question.
11. Anger May Be Warranted, But It's not Redemptive
Even if people stopped doing whatever sin you’re angry about, there’s no redemption in it. People can stop doing bad things and still not be saved.
Salvation includes repentance, of course. But saying 'no' to sin neither saves us or sustains us. Saying ‘yes’ to Jesus is what saves and sustains us.
I know that’s not a unique, angry message. It’s not very clicky. And it doesn’t yell well.
But it is gutsy. And true. And world-changing. Especially when we don’t just say it, but act on it.
That’s why a lot of people are saying it. And doing it.
But there are never enough people saying it. We can always use one more voice. Your voice.
Speak redemptively. It may not give you a viral video, but it is contagious.
(For more on how to speak and write critically, but redemptively, check out The Church Needs Better Critics (9 Ways to Win Hearts, not Just Arguments).
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