I have often stated that debating is my sport. While it can be fun for strange people like me, we (Yes I am including myself in this) need to be very careful not to lose focus on what is really important here. The goal should not be to smash our opponent’s face in with our fist till he or she is to battered and bruised to get off the floor. It is tempting to say that some people deserve it, I personally have been battling harsh feelings toward someone who claimed she was my friend, and have been quite grumpy toward people with similar philosophies for almost a year now. It is time that I STOP IT! Our goal should be to lead them closer to the truth, not to obliterate their face! Being mean wins no one, if Christ loved you before you were saved, you should at least try to love the person that you are debating. If you are mean, you could do more harm than good. It is possible to win the battle, but lose the war.
I recently read a comment by a liberal that said “The worst part is that he ended the debate civilly instead of being petty like other Republicans.”
I know from personal experience that it can be difficult to stay civil when you are debating someone who seems more comfortable with name calling, and lies, then they are the truth. I also believe that the comment above illustrates just how important it is that you try. You may feel that the person has earned a snippy comment or two, and I don’t blame you, because I have felt that way myself. At the end of the day you have to ask yourself what is more important, giving the person the attitude adjustment that you feel they deserve, or getting them to see the truth?
If they do reject your words, make sure it is the topic that they are rejecting, and not your snippy comments.