“What It’s Like Explaining Depression Meds to Many Christians” by To Save a Life

img_2605Hello dear readers!

I am in the middle of working on some upcoming blog posts for this week,  but I saw a great post today that ties in beautifully to the past several posts regarding invisible illnesses. I’m including one of the graphics, but you’ll have to click the link to see the rest:

 

http://tosavealife.com/mental-health/depression/what-its-like-explaining-depression-meds-to-many-christians/

May the peace of God dwell with you today and always.

Do I answer the fool?? (Coffee Chat 16)

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Good morning!

It’s been far too long since we’ve met for a cup of coffee (or tea) in our virtual coffee corner! If you’re new to the blog, welcome! Every so often I like to host a little “coffee chat” to discuss some question or other. This one is long overdue! As always, it’s important to keep the discussion civil—any ad hominem attacks will be deleted without apology.

So grab a cup of joe (or a mug of hot cocoa) and join in the discussion!

For today’s coffee chat, I want to hear your thoughts on the following verses:

Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.

~ Proverbs 26:4-5, ESV (emphasis mine)

In our post-modern society, most discussions take place via the internet (like this one). Facebook, blog posts, and news comments are breeding grounds for vitriol—“you’re a bigot! You’re ignorant. You’re racist. You’re a sheep! You’re uneducated.”

“Blah blah blah (insult) yak yak yak (attack).”

Listening to some people duel with their keyboards is akin to listening to two children bickering on the playground. What’s worse, those attacks are often made by self-proclaimed “intelligent” people. Continue reading

Day 8: Iron Opportunities

This post is part of “30 days of Giving Thanks” To read more within this series, click here.

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“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

~ Proverbs 27.17, NASB

Have you ever tried to cut with a dull blade? It can be done, but the cuts are less precise and it takes a whole lot of force to get the knife to push through. A dull knife is like a dull mind—it needs sharpening or else it will accomplish little.

I am thankful today for discussion.

I do not know where I would be today were it not for challenges to my beliefs and the teachers who have taught me critical thinking. In today’s society, beneficial discussion is a rare thing. Read the comments below a controversial post or article and you’ll see a lot of ad hominem attacks and poor logic.

The Iron Opportunity

Having someone disagree with your view might make you sad, especially when that contrary position is anti-God and anti-Christian, but look at it as an iron opportunity. It’s the chance to sharpen your mind. You have to listen carefully to what is being said and respond with cool reason. You will be forced to evalutate your position. It will either deepen your conviction or shake it. I have also learned that some discussions are pointless.

Debate provides wisdom and insight

College provided me with many such opportunities. I had many a deep discussion with my Mormon, agnostic, Wiccan, and non-believing friends; I discussed evolution with my professors; I learned more about apologetics from my preacher and the elders; I took argumentative writing; discussed the legitimacy of homosexuality with my resident advisor; my friends from other Christian denominations would challenge me on various points of doctrine, and there were always always people with questions… and I was the one they were asking at that moment.

Even within bible classes I have observed heated debates over certain topics. I learned a lot from watching—anger can snuff out reason, people can blind themselves to the obvious, a soft answer can turn away wrath and its okay to stand firm against error.

Iron sharpens iron.

Debate is a sharpening tool.

Debate has often established my faith. It forces me to research my beliefs more thoroughly and, at times, it has altered my views on things. I have learned humility—I consider the possibility that I could be wrong and try to see the issue from the opposite side. Often, this exercise deepens my existing conviction, but from time to time my views change. I learn how to respond with greater precision and efficiency. I can argue my point with greater confidence. I gain wisdom from the experience.

Give thanks for your iron opportunities and the wisdom they bring.