America has a TERRIBLE problem with discussing important issues! One side starts name-calling, the other side gets nasty, which makes the first group get even nastier. Saying something even slightly offensive, true or not, can incite violence and ruin lives! Even I try to be nice, but I have a sarcastic streak a mile wide. It should not be this way. Not only does it blind the other side to any truths that you are speaking, But That also is not the way Jesus wanted it. Yes, sometimes he was rough Matthew 23:33 (HCSB)33 “Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? He, however, was like this to people who should have known better like the Pharisees and could be interpreted as a warning. To people who were not immersed in Judaism, he was often gentle. For example, the woman at the well was a Samaritan, while they may have been close geographically they did not communicate with each other, so there is a lot that they did not know about each other. John 4:9 “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.