I don’t mind controversy, in fact I think it’s healthy because often it means that we are challenged in our beliefs… and often that means our own theologies grow, in fact just recently someone said to me:
“Good theology involves wrestling with other people’s ideas. Bad theology comes out of only reading books we agree with”
And while I agree with this… it is only true if we challenge the thought.
The danger is, in this day and age in our postmodern society we have stopped challenging thoughts and we end up acquiescing to all sorts of stuff we don’t necessarily agree with. We accept it reluctantly but without protest.
I think the problem with it is that people these days don’t know how to challenge a thought.
It seems that the way they work is this:
I’ve never heard that before + and that challenges me = therefore it must be true because I don’t know another way of thinking about it!
“but test them all; hold on to what is good” – 1 Thessalonian s 5:21
But I like what it says in Acts… Paul and Silas preached the good news to a group of people and they accepted the news eagerly but he’s what they did:
“and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” Acts 17:11
Challenge the thought… don’t just settle for the first thing you hear that challenges you.