The Polarization of Christian Punditry
Its sad that Christian writers and theologians so often follow the patterns of the world. I wish we could collectively rise about it all….but also ego and pride and the modern quest for speed certainly hinder us.
We see behaviour and think we can deduce intents which **might** give rise to those behaviors. Haven’t the failed hypothoesis’ of so many psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists who assumed a given cause, but found another after testing their hypothesis proven this model to be faulty. (at least the media has the honest and openness to ask the person in question about the incident…and they are on a 24 hour news cycle–which often means the deadline is 6 hours away rather than 6 days) Hasn’t this practice in general been defunct since the time of Puritan witch hunts?
I’m probably as guilty as any….I try to at least see the other side–to practice tolerance, understanding, and listening before pouncing like a tiger to extract blood.
I try to at least framing my assumptions as best guesses rather than 100% the truth. I think another way to do this is obviously to speak to your bias or in humility….or to show both possible sides….or to announce to the world that this is a hunch or a best-guess or your feeling at the moment…. I think it feels so good….so powerful to make universal pronouncements….and to roll them off the presses as quickly as possible that we fail to sit and think–is there another side to the story???? If we are to love our neighbor….I find this to be one of the only (although not exclusive) solutions.
This is something I struggle with for sure–and I honestly think the traditional (meaning presses which print on paper or other wood products in bricks and mortar buildings) and mainstream press perhaps has a larger responsibility here due to its distribution. (I honestly don’t know). But I think we can certainly make steps in the right direction by toning our accusations and stridency down…
Again…could be wrong….but I think there might just be something to this.