Wayne made this comment in the last post:
I would let a Buddhist talk to me about why I should share his faith....I would let him talk without getting mad or interupting....but...when he was done I would show him the error of his religion and show him that his transgressing the Law of God has put him in the direct path of the God of justice.
It made me realize something.
Our desire to be right.
We all think we're right.
We come out with,
"This is right, that is wrong."
And defend it vehemently.
Why is it though, that when we find a certain truth, everyone else has no truth?
I'm right and you're wrong.
Maybe you are.
But has the thought ever come up that the other guy might have a little truth?
Why is it that we can't reasonably discuss something with someone and try to see where someone is right as well?
I'm not even saying I'm immune to this.
I have to fight down glee when people are shown to be hypocritical.
Use NY Gov. Spitzer as an example.
It is hard to wish well for someone who showed others no compassion, and was sooo right.
It is hard, but not impossible.
I try to picture what it would be like to be in his shoes.
I try to understand.
Not condone, just understand.
So when someone is sooo right, and others aren't as right as that person, we all have this knee-jerk reaction.
And rightly so.
It could be God's way of getting their attention.
It could be His way of getting our attention.
Next time instead of being so confrontational, try to see what things you have in common with the other guy.
Try to be his/her friend.
Jesus did that all the time.
He hung out with sinners.
They let him hang out with them.
They wouldn't do that if he was always pointing out their sin.
He cared for them and listened to them.
Pointing out sin came for those who thought they had none.
And he was very pointed about it.
Those are just my thoughts.
But I want to leave you with a quote:
"Whoever fights monsters
should see to it
that in the process
he doesn't become a monster."
German philospher 1844 - 1900