When being discerning becomes disrespecting

It’s good to be discerning. It’s good to listen carefully and question things and consider other people’s ideas from various angles. It’s particularly good to be discerning about biblical teaching and Christian wisdom.

But beware crossing the line from discernment into disrespecting. When you engage only to mock. When we ask questions only to undermine and attack. When we pass judgement on some idea or concept without adequate or fair engagement.

I’m certainly guilty of veiling my disrespect in a cover of discernment from time to time. So let’s not do that.