PSALMS 141: 5: LET THE RIGHTEOUS STRIKE ME;
IT SHALL BE A KINDNESS.
AND LET HIM REBUKE ME;
IT SHALL BE AS EXCELLENT OIL;
LET MY HEAD NOT REFUSE IT. FOR STILL MY PRAYER IS AGAINST THE DEEDS OF THE WICKED.
If we must smite one another, let’s be righteous in doing so (Psalm 141:5). Think before you tweet (Prov. 15:28). Pray before you tweet (Psalm 141:3). Not every theological dispute can be administered in 140-character bursts. Not every idea that comes into your mind is worth sharing with the world (Prov. 18:2)—much less the ones emanating from a desire to be proved right. Don’t spike the ball. Don’t twist the knife. Foster the light. Cool the heat. Listen to your critics, even those who do not have your best interests at heart. Try to learn from every sound reproof, even the hard ones. Be relentlessly biblical. Remember that the Nicene Fathers know Greek better than you do. These are lessons for all of us but mainly for myself. I could have done better at all of this in recent discussions. I will try to do better going forward. --Denny Burk