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In his book, The Gift of Fear, celebrity security consultant Gavin de Becker explains the risks of engaging critics, stalkers, and other detractors.
“It’s better to detach than to engage and enrage,” he says. “If you don’t fuel the fire, they’ll turn their attention elsewhere.”
Types - People - Interaction - Bias
If you engage with certain types of people they will only feed on your interaction and become more enraged, never satisfied and never swaying from their negative bias.
In an increasingly hostile world, particularly for Christians, there’s more and more temptation to stand our ground or fight back when we experience opposition. However, there is wisdom in watching and waiting – perhaps letting the Lord work through other means, especially when it comes to people who have an agenda to distract from our mission.
Christians - Desire - Everyone - Jesus - Gospel
As Christians we have a desire for everyone we interact with to meet Jesus and be changed by the gospel, especially our most negative critics and enemies. But has anyone ever come to know the Lord by arguing with a Christian over their beliefs, or because a Christian pushed back on them in a public Facebook thread?
I’m not saying we don’t stand up for our beliefs. We must continue to speak the truth, no matter how hostile it gets. Our mission – “go and make disciples” – will be the same until the day Jesus returns, and part of making disciples is equipping them with the truth. We are promised persecution and suffering so we know it will continue to be hard.
Neighbor - Ourself - Second - Lord - Commandment
But we are also commanded to love our neighbor as ourself. Second only to loving the Lord, this is the greatest commandment which all other commandments hang on.
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