Practical Thoughts on How to Disagree with Others

Rick Thomas | 12/13/2019 | Brandi Huerta
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You’ve heard the expression, “we can agree to disagree.” It’s catchy, but how are you when it comes to disagreeing with someone who believes differently from you? Are you quick to attack and slow to think? Do your passions run ahead of any redemptive possibilities you could have with a person who believes differently from you? May I share some practical advice with you?

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Wouldn’t it be great if, when someone disagreed with you, they took the time to understand what you believe and to interact thoughtfully with your viewpoint as they converse with you about it? Would it be a relief to express yourself with the confidence that your ideas would be met with a kind, thoughtful critique, rather than an attack on you as a person? How are you at doing these things for others?

My last question is hard to answer because each of us thinks we are relatively free of bias (Proverbs 21:2); we assume that we think and fairly about others and that we respond appropriately to them given their positions.

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The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (Proverbs 12:15).

Every person, without exception, has confirmation bias, which means we tend to interpret new information in light of what we already know or believe, even if the new information is ambiguous. You think you see the world relatively clearly; therefore, you think others do, too, provided they agree with you.

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This perspective isn’t intrinsically a bad thing: if you’re a biblical Christian, you don’t have to start from scratch as you think about every cultural issue that comes down the pike. You’ve already processed numerous things in light of objective truth, and the presuppositions you’ve formulated as a result, guide the way you understand new...
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