Social Issues: Conclusion

Social Issues

Many of the topics we have discussed in this study are controversial and can elicit strong emotional responses from individuals. Because of this, we may be tempted to avoid any type of discussion on these issues, especially if we know there will be disagreement.

However, as we have discussed, there are Biblical principles that apply to these topics. Therefore, discussions on these sorts of issues can provide a way to direct others – especially those who are not Christians – to what the Bible teaches. So we should not avoid discussing these things altogether, but we do need to understand the proper way to discuss contentious topics.

  1. Speak the truth – “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God…” (1 Peter 4:11).
  2. Speak the truth in love – “But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
  3. Show the proper attitude – “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
  4. Attack arguments, not people – “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
  5. Avoid responding in anger/frustration – “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute” (Proverbs 15:18). “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Proverbs 15:28).
  6. Strive to be at peace with others – “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).
  7. Remember the goal of these discussions – “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
  8. Recognize the time limit upon these discussions – “Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:14).

Paul told the brethren in Colossae, “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6). There are important discussions to be had with those around us. But we need to remember these basic Biblical principles so that in our discussions we might plant the seed of truth in their minds that may eventually lead them to Christ rather than sow seeds of discord that will drive or keep them away.

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For a more in depth discussion of these principles, see this article – How to Discuss Contentious Topics.


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