I scanned the comments. That is a discouraging exercise, because it reinforces the reality that most of the people who respond to this type of thing either have never studied what the Bible says about the issue at hand, and or do not really understand the matter being discussed.
I took a minute to respond and suggested that those in the conversation would be better served not to dissect what John Calvin and other authors might have said about something. Frankly, I do not care. Further I really do not care what the person presenting the issue thinks, nor should he or she care one whit what I think. That is the wrong pursuit.
On issues about which there may be disagreement, what matters is what the Bible says, what God thinks. That is where the dialog needs to center. We should not line up and defend what we think to be true. We should examine the Word and make sure that we understand what it says honestly evaluating whether what I hold to be true actually aligns with what the Word says. In the past I have found myself being substantially corrected by the Word. That continues.
I published the comment on the blog and went about my other tasks. Checking back an hour or so later, I saw that the comment was there with a note that it was being held for moderation, in other words someone was going to read it before it was published. Checking back an hour or so later, the comment was gone. Apparently, since I was perceived as disagreeing with the premise of the site, my comments were not welcome.
We do that a lot don’t we. We do not listen to those with whom we disagree or think we disagree. We do not consider their argument and the way they support it. We just cut them off. I have done that. I fight not to.
In a family fight like this we need to fight fair. Fair in part means to listen.