Much is always being made about who (or what idea) is right and who (or what idea) is wrong. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, people love being right because it makes us feel superior or righteous. It seems to me that this is very true in the Christian community. True, we have a lot riding on right and wrong and we should, but I hope these words from Donald Miller’s “Searching For God Knows What” might help us have some epistlemological humility. Perhaps a little humility might lead us to love people first and argue philosophies later!
“If you think about it, right and wrong aren’t even people, they are ideas, philosophical equations and that sort of thing, and so it is funny that anybody would think they are right in the first place. I suppose what we really mean when we say we are right is that something out there in the soup of ideas is right, and we simply agree with whatever it is the soup is saying. But this doesn’t have anything to do with our rightness or wrongness; it just means we can read.”
Interesting thought. What do you think?