I’ve read the following before, but it had new meaning for me when I read it today:
He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
When I read that, I felt convicted that I have, in responding to the comments of some, attempted to correct a scoffer. And I have no desire to bring shame or harm upon myself.
As a result, I am rethinking what I want to do with this blog. I still want to help teach others Biblical truth, but I don’t want to correct scoffers. And I don’t necessarily want to just let scoffers’ comments appear without any response. Yet I don’t want to ban people just for disagreeing with me. Of course, people can disagree without being “scoffers”, but discerning between the two could be subjective, and perceived as being arbitrary. I could also block comments completely, and just let posts stand on their own, but there is a certain value in healthy discussion in the comment section. And the verses that follow the one above do encourage giving instruction and teaching to the wise and just.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
I’m not exactly sure at the moment what direction I will take. But I do know for sure that I do not want to correct scoffers.