Social media has transformed the way that we experience conflict in Christian circles.
More than ever before, we are entangled in controversies that have arisen in contexts far removed from our own local situations. These controversies can powerfully shape the way that we relate to others, even within our locality, and can eat up our precious our time and attention. They come with a false urgency, seeming to demand engagement on our part. Yet they can blow over as swiftly as they arrived, leaving us that little bit more short-tempered and less inclined to love others.
In "The Real Place For Conflict", Justin Franks offers some wisdom for prudent engagement in—or more typically, disengagement from—such controversy.