I love to argue. I don’t mean that I like to get into screaming matches that results in hurt feelings, but rather that I like to logically defend positions that I believe are true against people who hold a different position. Unfortunately, I have noticed that it is getting harder and harder to engage people in this kind of good, old fashioned debate. Even when you can get people to discuss important issues, it usually degenerates into name-calling in no time. John Leo has noticed this trend, too, and he writes a great article about it this week.
Leo doesn’t mention it specifically, but I think that one of the major reasons nobody likes to argue anymore is that nobody wants the truth. People can’t handle it. The truth hurts. The truth causes life change. And who wants that? In an attempt to stay pain and commitment free, truth seeking has been jettisoned in favor of blissful, peaceful ignorance. Cold, hard facts about the universe are out – personal opinion is in. Unfortunately, facts don’t yield to opinion, no matter how strongly those opinions are held. At the end of the day, everyone is either correct or incorrect about what they believe. It should be worth a little discomfort to make sure you are on the right side.

Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries