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Tone Police—Serve and Deflect

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Comments (4)
  1. William Douglas says:

    Meaningful communication according to Cicero, requires candor and good will. This article contains both and is helpful. As long as comments are intended to deepen rather than bring a halt to conversations then I am for them.

  2. Grant says:

    YES. This section specifically stood out to me – “On a broad scale, we lack civility and on a narrow scale, we lack connectivity. We love the same things in word, but we find ourselves far apart in deed. While still bristling at seeing itself as an institution of white supremacy, the white evangelical community seems to require much from black Christians in order to even entertain discussions of equity and repentance.”

  3. Alex Ckayton says:

    If the message is important, then one will always try to get it across to the audience. If you know that a certain group of people are going to automatically turn off the message because of how it is delivered, but insist on delivering that way anyways, then the message must not be that important. If as you claim an ethnic group does not understand the blights if another ethnic group, but yet you want the first ethnic group to understand the message, then it will always fail. For instance, if You use the “f” Word, and you know that will automatically distract from the message,, then the crime is in the messenger and not the receiver. If you know the problem but insist In continuing to push through, then the receiver no matter what their ethnic identity is will always walk away. Side note, Ice Cube, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali were not Christians. Si why would any Christian want to follow them when they don’t believe in Jesus.

  4. Daniel says:

    “He offended the religious leaders of the day with sharp words and direct language that caused audiences to shudder.” We were just talking about this last night at my small group. Luke 11:45: “Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.” And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers!…”

    A track that really helped me “contextualize the sentiment” in cases like this was Lecrae’s “Gangland” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxsjrpm6Q70

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