Plowing Together: Handling Controversy – Please Comment
Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about how we can address the “transgender” bathroom issue as writers. I posted it in several Christian writers’ Facebook pages that I belong to. On one, I received angry responses – so angry in fact that I had to stop comments and notifications. I don’t know if people are still able to comment. If they are, I’m not receiving any information on it.
I saw two problems: First, people attacked me for a holding a biblical and commonsense view. I said nothing unloving or unbiblical. But because I disagreed with them, I was the one who was unloving and intolerant. Second, no other Christians supported me for taking a biblical stance on the issue.
I don’t argue with people. If they are so entrenched in their viewpoint that they will not have a reasoned discussion, no discussion is possible. I present my case and then I walk away. More discussion just escalates the anger. That doesn’t help anyone. Of course, they may say that I’m entrenched in my viewpoint. But, I can back up my arguments from the Bible, not my feelings.
What about you? How do you handle controversy in your writing? Is there ever a time to walk away? What do you do to cool the anger?
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