You are on the Internet, browsing Reddit or scrolling through Facebook. Or maybe you’re a hip young millennial swiping through TikTocs and bingeing Netflix shows.
But then, you see something that you cannot stand. You cannot pass by this atrocity against humanity. You need to speak! You need to bring attention to this horrendous plague, this vile attack, this, this… social injustice!
But before you do, let me ask you something: do you prefer waffles or pancakes?
Because, you see, I prefer pancakes. They are delectable. They’re like cake you are allowed to eat for breakfast. They can be plump and airy. Or you can make them dense and thin. You can then pile toppings on them like a breakfast pizza! And they do nicely with just about every other breakfast delight that there is. You can have them with eggs and bacon. You can have a slice of ham. You can put syrup on your pancakes, yes, but also whip cream, fruits, or chocolate. You can put things INSIDE the pancakes, such as blueberries, chocolate chips, and even cinnamon. You can stack them high, or eat one at a time. They truly are the best breakfast pastry, and are miles above waffles.
Want some waffles? Do you have a waffle iron?
Want some pancakes? Get out the skillet, or a frying pan, or even a Dutch oven. You can make them on the stove or even over a campfire (again, inside a Dutch oven would be preferable, you know, because smoke).
Try whipping up some waffles on your next trip. So time consuming, and you need all the correct equipment. With pancakes you just need the batter, a pan of some kind, and a heat source. They’re pretty much the same ingredients as waffles as well. So why spend the extra time to go the extra step to prepare a crusty, crunchy, difficult to cut and eat breakfast item when you could instead enjoy the warm, delicious, fully customizable breakfast pastry of champions?
So, which do you prefer?
I’m just kidding, I don’t care.
And let’s be honest for a second: anyone who is going to debate this topic fervently is out of their mind. We’re talking about TWO breakfast items. There’s so much more out there than waffles and pancakes. There’s eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, cereal, donuts, scones, biscuits, oatmeal, and dozens of other dishes from around the world that I can’t remember the names of; or just don’t know about. Arguing over “waffles or pancakes” is ridiculous.
But I’m sure you’ve had these arguments before. C’mon, you can tell me the truth! They’re fun, aren’t they? They also help you hone debate skills and allow you to conjure arguments you would have never thought to argue before. Not to mention, if you are a child these are probably the types of things that matter to you the most, and because of that are the things you will defend.
But even if these kinds of arguments are beneath you, you have certainly been confronted by people who want to have these arguments with you. You have certainly had people approach you, trying to change your mind, disrupt your world view, destroy your beliefs, and condemn you for not changing your mind. Why is that?
Why do people continue to act this way? We all know that if someone begins yelling at us about how stupid we are for believing a thing, we will certainly double down on it. We will defend it. We will be adamant that our side is right and issue every argument we have to dismiss the claims being thrown at us.
So, why do people continue to argue this way?
I just got done watching a livestream by Matt Fradd on YouTube. He was talking with Dave Rubin. I don’t know who this Rubin guy is, but there were many people in the comments… let’s just say they weren’t being very nice. And they were asking Matt to question Dave on things he was saying. They were telling Matt to press him harder. They were accusing Dave of giving half-assed answers to important questions. They wanted Matt to call him out for his sins and tell him that he better pursue a more holy life or by golly he’s gonna burn for all eternity!
But Matt took the high ground. After Dave left the video call, Matt stayed on a bit and stood up for how he acted. Basically, he admitted that he would have these debates if Dave wanted to, but Matt invited Dave to his show to interview him. And he felt that bombarding Dave with ridicule and chastising him for his actions, beliefs, or lifestyle would have been rude.
And I agree.
You don’t win over souls for Jesus by telling people they are horrible. You win over souls for Jesus by introducing them to Jesus, and then being available to answer any questions they have. You need to be kind and loving. You need to be forgiving and gentle. And don’t be afraid if you don’t have every answer. Just continue with them on their journey, letting them know that you will answer the questions together.
If you just want to yell at people for being wrong, and tell them how horrible they are, then they’re never going to eat your disgusting waffles.
P.S. – I recorded a few videos! I’m doing the thing… let’s hope I don’t get too cocky. Or too afraid and quit before I get good. Pray for me!!