I wasn’t sure where to post this question, I hope this is an acceptable forum for it.
I get into conversations with people online very often. I do think it’s important to spread the truth to people, whether we are taking religion, parenting- whatever it may be.
Online conversations are difficult. I realize that not everyone will walk away from a conversation agreeing with me. I know it’s my job to plant seeds, and it’s up to the person and the Holy Spirit to do the rest of the work.
However, I don’t know how to make peace with that. I also don’t know when to “dust my feet and walk away” or when it’s best to not say anything in that particular conversation because it will get me nowhere.
Oftentimes, it can be obvious. If a post/thread has already gotten heated and good points have already been made, for example, it would usually be pointless to try and add anything, or its obvious certain people aren’t open to listening.
Other times, when it’s a new conversation with little input already, its harder to know. I often see a post/question and think “I wish I could tell the person such-and-such. But I know people will automatically attack that position. Maybe I shouldn’t say anything…”
It seems like more often than not, people nowadays lack the maturity to have a civil conversation when people have opposing views. Even if you make respectful comments, people get overly defensive and/or angry. It makes me upset and disheartened. Sometimes I just want to stop saying anything altogether, and then I wonder if that’s exactly what the devil wants me to do.
What are some things that can help me when I’m feeling upset about a conversation I had, or when that went badly? I tend to get angry at these people for not listening and understanding, even though that is beyond my control.