I look at arguing like the ancient Greeks. To argue means to present differing opinions in order to possibly arrive closer to the truth than when you both started.
I got into a Twitter argument a few days ago with a Republican Christian. It started like this:
(Pic) Here am I with my lovely wife at the Republican Christian banquet.
Me: Oh good, tell the Republicans to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
He: Christians as individuals, yes, but not the government.
Me: Where do find that in the Bible?
He: Where do you find scripture about government stealing to give your money to others?
Me: Jesus said pay your taxes-to Rome-a corrupt occupying power. How much more a government that feeds the hungry.
He: Wrong! The job of government is to protect our freedom and liberty. If you took a civics class you’d know that.
Me: Government’s job-at very least-is to keep citizens alive.
He: Baloney. (paraphrase)
Me: Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.-Jefferson. One needs food to stay alive.
He: (Something unintelligible to the effect that its every man for himself?)
Me: So Stalin and Mao did the right thing by letting people starve? If it’s not the government’s job to feed them?
He: That’s different. Your communistic brainwashing has twisted your perspective.
Me: By your ideology, not mine, Stalin and Mao did the right thing.
He: From someone who has nothing better to do than attack Christians.
Me: I AM a Christian.
He: Work on your judgmental thing then.
Me: OK, and you work on your putting ideology before Jesus. Can’t use GOP talking points on judgment day.
My daughter wants to know why I bother arguing with Republican Christians. Should moderate Muslims repudiate radical Muslims? Should moderate Jews protest the occupation of the Palestinians? Should anyone go against the tide, ever?
Should a (politically) moderate Christian challenge radical ‘Christians?’ The brother above is an average, “Let-’em starve-if-they-were- moral-God-would-make-them-rich-Republican.”
There are far more radical “Christians;’ Dominionists like Ted Cruz’ preacher father (Ted is God’s Annointed to redistribute wealth in the end times) and the fascist DC-based cult on C street or the British Israel folks, well-armed and holed up somewhere in Idaho.
And you know what? I’ll argue with them, too. Not because I hate them, but because Jesus loves them and they are heading off a spiritual cliff.