Is it Right to be Right?

(much older post) I just watched a clip from an interview with a Catholic and an atheist in which he gets into a heated, emotional argument. Being as a person whom doesn’t typically buy into mainstream Christian culture wars, I do have to say that the Catholic interviewer (whom will remain nameless), made a very valid point. That point, is that it is silly for atheists to be against Christmas in America, because much of the ritual, celebrations, etc. are not religious in nature. Yes Jesus is “the reason for the season” as the bumper-stickers say, but the mall, Santa, the pine tree in the living room, do not mean that you have to acknowledge Christianity to take part.

So what is my point? Before picking apart what I said above, that is not the point of this blog. This is the point. Was that Catholic interviewer right? Not were his facts or his interpretation right, but was his motive right? So he stood his ground against an atheist, now what? Was love displayed? Was understanding attempted? Was anything that even remotely resembled Jesus visible? Is it right to simply be factually or philosophically right?

It seems too often, that Christians, myself included, get defensive when someone attacks our beliefs, when we believe they are attacking God. God does not need us to defend Him, He needs us to love people on behalf of Him and ourselves (Matthew 22:36–40). God is love (1 John 4:8). We love God by loving others, even our percieved enemies. We are the body of Christ, meaning God uses us to show His love (1 Corinthians 12).

So who won the debate? All that happens in dialogues like that is the atheist goes away thinking the Christian is a jerk and adding percieved validity to his or her already established view. Similarly, the Christian walks away thinking athiests are the enemy and are antagonistic. Is it right to be right?

If you believe to be right, that your view is the correct view, prove it through gentle love. Rage, hatred, discord, etc. are not fruits of the spirit, but peace, gentleness, and joy are (Galatians 5:20–23)

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