Solution or problem: You decide

If you believe everything on Facebook that corresponds with your current world view and reject everything that doesn’t, you are not part of the solution; you are part of the problem.

If you feel compelled to get the last word in, even if the “conversation” is with someone who is just as determined as you and the “conversation” runs on for days, you are not part of the solution; you are part of the problem.

If you embrace faulty or downright incorrect argumentation because the people on the other side are habitual liars (irony alert), you are not part of the solution; you are part of the problem.

The “problem” is, people are afraid to challenge their own wisdom — an odd position for a Christian to take, seeing that (supposedly) that is precisely why we came to Jesus in the first place.  Our way cannot be accurately self-determined (Jeremiah 10:23).  Without guidance from those wiser than we, our own “wisdom” will destroy us (Proverbs 14:12).

The “solution” is a cocktail of humility, curiosity and love.  All three of these elements are essential characteristics for the Christian.  We don’t care about being proved right; we eagerly admit how wrong we have always been and wait for God to do the exalting (James 4:10).  Having acknowledged our woeful lack of true knowledge and wisdom, we scour the Bible and plumb the minds of respected men and women in search of it — always acknowledging the primacy of “the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:7) through it all.  And we care enough about our fellow humans to view them as fellow seekers — flawed, as we are — in need of our patience and worthy of our respect.

Humility, curiosity, and love.  I’m noticing a distinct shortage of all of the above these days.  Let’s do what we can to address that, shall we?