Reasoning with Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Reason
by Melinda Penner
Someone asked us recently, How do you reason with someone who doesn’t want to reason? Of course, the short answer is that you can’t. But maybe you can still reach that person. Effective Ambassadors for Christ need to have a variety of tools in their toolbox. Witnessing and talking about the Bible and the Christian worldview isn’t always about reasoning because people don’t always have rational reasons for the things they believe.
Here are some ideas:
Some people are simply unpersuadable—at least at the moment. Maybe the only thing you can do right now is put a stone in their shoe. Give them something to think about, and hopefully God will use it down the road to open them a bit. Sometimes we’re the sowers and the harvest is way down the road with someone else.
Use the Columbo tactic to probe why they believe what they do and won’t engage the reasons you’ve given them. You may be able to find a way in that way.
Especially in online engagements or conversations in a group, you may not be getting through to the person you’re engaging, but others are watching and listening. It could be that God will use what you say for someone else. Be faithful and trust Him for the purposes He has…
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