It is not an attack to tell someone they are wrong

The recent spate of lies/gossip/right-wing propaganda coming out of Fox News has produced a solid string of posts on Facebook where people are upset enough to post images and petitions.

Hence this conversation that started up with an urgent plea to pray to end the persecution in the U.S. Military. My response was “That’s not true at all.” It continued until the person claimed I had attacked them. We are entering a phase where people simply do not want to be questions, nor have their “facts” discussed. It would seem to me, if you have the truth, then it is rather easy to defend, especially since these things are done out in the open:

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Me thinks they need to read Candida Moss‘s book.


Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “It is not an attack to tell someone they are wrong

  1. Big Lie #1: No one has a corner on the truth any more than do blind men feeling different body parts of an elephant. As Proverbs 11:14 points out, “…there is safety in having many advisers.” Much the same is true when it comes to finding out what’s really going on in the world.
    Big Lie #2: Being owned mostly by big business, American media is not liberal. The principal difference is that, unlike Fox News, it is out to make a buck rather than to disseminate propaganda.

  2. Oh good grief.

    I saw some reference recently to some supposed need to pray for persecuted Christians in the U.S. military and I did a google search to try to figure out what the heck they were talking about. I discovered the ridiculous stories you mention.

    As you suggest, this kind of thing trivializes actual persecution, which many of our brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing every day and sometimes at the cost of their lives.

  3. Agreed. Telling someone they are wrong is not an attack. I’m told I’m wrong all the time. I (usually) don’t take it as an attack. And everyone should read Candida Moss’s book!

    1. Contradiction is perceived as attack IF someone is not used to being questioned OR they must always be right.

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