You know the kind, quick to speak their mind, and to shut down all who see things differently. How should we respond? Or should we?
Speaking up at the wrong time or in the wrong way can get us into trouble. Yeshua warns us to be careful when conversing with the world: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Mt 7:6) Looking at His life helps us get what He’s saying.
Jesus Christ offered truth only to seekers, actually hiding it from the rest. (Mt 13:10-11,15) He delighted in God revealing His ways only to the poor in spirit (Lk 10:21), exposing emptiness through penetrating questions rather than persuasion.
God exhorts us to “be swift to hear, slow to speak.” (Ja 1:19) Truth is constantly bubbling over all around us (Ro 1:19-20), offering life and nourishment to anyone who’s sincerely interested. We must not strive to make our point, but offer truth in meekness (2Ti 2:24-6); listen well and prayerfully weigh any verbal response. Unless we’re engaged with a humble truth-seeker, it’s likely better to pray than to reason.