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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

To the Comments?

The comments section is almost always more interesting than the post to which it is attached. There are arguments about nonsense, unrelated discussions, and sometimes a hilarious new gif. A person could spend hours reading and joining in the debates, and no one cares whether the points they make have any evidence to support them. It’s all about the fight.

Wasting hours in non-productive discussions is not a new activity. In 1 Timothy 1, Paul wrote to remind Timothy of his purpose in Ephesus. He was left there to correct uninspired doctrines and those who taught them. These had turned away from the truth to have fruitless discussions. They filled their non-productive conversations with hard-nosed claims that lacked any foundation in the truth. Heated debates about nothing, though ancient, are not worthy of a Christian’s time.

In 1 Timothy 1:18-19, Paul instead told Timothy to “fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.” Timothy was required to fight a specific kind of fight: the good one. Paul is telling Timothy to avoid all the arguments that produce nothing beneficial, instead engaging only in the productive, beneficial fight – the fight that helps the cause of Christ.

Contrary to the belief of some, God does not command Christians to be passive in all things. There are many things about which Christians voice no opinion since to argue about most things would not be good – it would not be productive or beneficial for the cause of Christ. But there is a good fight. In obedience to the Scriptures, fight the good fight! If 1 Timothy is allowed to provide the definition, the good fight is the one where souls are at stake, and you are helping them toward godliness. Fight the good fight, and stay out of the comments.

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