The way we discuss critical topics kills me. I’ve blogged about this before. The past weeks offered up another example of comical communica-, excuse me, UNcommunication. It leaves me starving for thorough discussion from dissenting opinions. Am I asking for too much?
To severely oversimplify the issue, on one side are supporters of marriage being defined as the union between a man and woman and on the other are supporters of marriage being defined more broadly to include same-sex unions. With such an intricate issue, I can only imagine the depth of emotion and critical thought needed in order to take this conversation one step forward.
Instead, for the most part, this is what I observed:
* Pink and red equal sign picture pops up in FB profile pictures around March 25. The response from the dissenting side comes in through a similar, yet altered version (e.g. pink cross on the same red background as the equal sign, unequal sign, etc.).
* Now add shiploads of support from each side for their own viewpoint through pictures, memes, celebrity endorsements, cable news reports, comedians, medical journals, and blog articles. In doing so, both groups make straw men of the others’ viewpoint. BONUS POINTS if you can convince those on the sideline watching this charade that the dissenting group is the most atrocious group of people they’ll ever meet.
* The UNcommunication ends slowly as conversation, ahem, rant threads subside and FB pictures return to animals and sunrises and food.
Am I too jaded? Absolutely.
But is there a better way? I hope so. I am so bold as to hope the conversation here may be one small part of that better way.
Let me frame the discussion.
1. The majority of people reading this blog would identify themselves as Christians. Please avoid inflammatory comments that begin with the phrase, “How could any Christian believe…?” and then state the opinion in opposition to yours. This doesn’t foster conversation.
2. Additionally, it’s not helpful to claim outright that people just don’t understand you or your position. It’s possible, even likely, that they do and yet they still disagree.
3. Yet, there are precious few that can clearly articulate these differences and provide reasoned responses why they feel/think/believe what they do compared to their dissenters. ** It’s valid to link elsewhere but could you also summarize it here to make it easier on us?
Here’s what I’m asking:
Regardless of your position, while still being respectful, what are the most compelling arguments (ie. rationale, evidence, etc.) you’ve heard from BOTH sides?
Or, we can continue to post about another season of Arrested Development and the opener of Major League Baseball (both of which I fully support!).