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Question & Ethics: How do I respond to a combative person?

In this episode of Question and Ethics, I answer a question about dealing with a combative mentor. How are we to respond to accusations and vitriol from others? What are we to do when we are unjustly maligned, and how are we to respond? As we respond, we must be careful as we are confronting a person who thrives on conflict not to become the same type of person. Because we have a sense of the Judgement Day, and the fact that justice will eventually be done, we are freed from our need to seek judgement in the present age. The only caveat is that we should not, by our refusal to engage in needless controversies, confuse those who would think that our lack of engagement is an endorsement of the teaching or actions of the controversial person.

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We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.