A talk show tonight included a debate between a representative from a Christian morality group and a lawyer for an immoral commercial operation. As is so often the case, the Christian was banal, shrill, and prone to interrupting, hardening the opposition and edifying no one. Another lost opportunity to plant a seed.

For example, the man representing the opposing side said that the last he checked, the thing he advocated was legal. The Christian’s response was to call the guy, in so many words, a loser. Instead of being self-righteous like this, why not say “Ok, I’ll grant that it’s legal, but is it right for you to advocate such things just because it’s legal?” Or perhaps gently ask him what he thinks about Luke 17:1-2 (Then [Jesus] said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”)