As we share the good news of Jesus Christ, it can be easy to allow "being right" to override our love for people. Now, please don't misunderstand me. I'm not implying that correct doctrine and theology doesn't matter! In fact, I have said exactly the opposite on many occasions. Correct doctrine does matter, and every one of you ought to consider yourself a theologian. Theology isn't just for pastors and Bible professors! Still, if we're not cautious, we can be completely correct, and still manage to...well...cause accidents. We can be 100% in the right, but still cause injury. We can push people away from the Gospel. We can damage one of the chief causes to which we've been called...namely to act as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, (2 Corinthians 5:20). How do I know this is possible? Because I've done it! My name is Paul MacDonald, and I'm a recovering arguer. Maybe you've done it too? Maybe you recall conversations in which you were perfectly right, but you managed to do damage to the cause of the Gospel. It's easy to do. It's in our nature to want to win arguments; to be right. But we can not allow the task of leading people to Jesus, (and make no mistake...it IS a task; a responsibility!) to be superseded by our desire to win an argument, no matter how correct we are.
How might this apply to you? As you share Jesus with people around you, are you a careful driver? Remember, being right is great, but it isn't always the most important thing. Proceed with caution!
- Pastor Paul