Today on Facebook I ‘hosted’ (by default) a vigorous conversation about the Bible, homosexuality, and Emergent. I say by default because it was a prolonged response to my status update (a McLaren quote) and there were some well-thought, lengthy responses. I was impressed how well those involved seemed to articulate their understanding of these issues.
In the end, it was a conversation definitely worth having, although it would be better in person (if we could keep our emotions in check). Therefore, I was disappointed when one of those involved pulled out of it by telling everyone ‘The conversation isn’t even worth having.’
Every conversation is worth having. There is always something we can learn if we are open to the understandings of others. Then there is also the sense of community which a conversation brings, even when it is online over great distances.
But then, I suppose I sometimes get to a point when I really haven’t the energy to listen or when it seems to me that we are talking in circles. I would hope that I could bow out of such a dialogue graciously, leaving the door open for further connections at a more appropriate time.