August 31, 2007

To be innarticulate

Occasionally I stumble on blog posts out in the interworld to which I would dearly love to give a response. This one here that I found while link hopping is among those. However I have this problem that in the face a blustering and sarcastic (and unquestionable clever) blogger (often male) I find myself scrambling for arguments that won't leave me painted into some corner or forced into taking up a position which I don't really hold. I know there are good arguments against such thinking as his. I myself would say that his main failing is in his weakened sense of Christian culture. But how to articulate that to someone who has rejected so many of the tenets which inform my understanding? These men are very good at what they do. The gift of gab is in their mouths and they often have a sort of bench press persuasiveness about them which mocks my girly-biceped remonstrations. And many of them are demonstrably smart. So what's a girl to do? What are any of us to do when we sense instinctively that an argument is built on cow pats or we see the jagged cracks between their thesis and the panorama of God's Word? What do we do when God's Word is questioned and fragmented to suit their own logic? I'm inclined to wish at such times that I was a man trained in History and Theology to put the finger to their flaws and crack their argument like rotten nuts. But, being me, I simply add another book or five to my imaginary reading list and pray that someday someone with more brains than me will set them right or that God Himself will see fit to point them to the true paths. Other than that I mainly bide my peace knowing that imperfect logic or knowledge on my end with likely invalidate in their eyes anything of value I might say. It's frustrating, but that's the way it is right now.


Sallie said...

Proverbs 9: 7-9 says "Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

The person has to be ready to seek out God or he won't listen to anyone.

God bless,

Anonymous said...

What about (on this blog) publishing his points and then answering them one by one?

Martha said...

I always believe that I Tim. 2:12 applies in these situations: "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."

But, that doesn't mean I don't pray for them! :-)

Roci said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm really not such a bad guy and I will listen to correction... occasionally.

It matters not to me that the source be from a woman, or that the arguements are insufficiently pedigreed.

I give full credit for good attempts.

That particular post was an invitation for people to show me that I am wrong. There are few things in life as boring as everyone agreeing with me.