As I read through posts on a variety of boards on Catholic & Christian bulletin boards (mostly on Catholic Answers and Facebook), I’m amazed at how quickly some discussions turn rude and intolerant. Frankly, this sort of thing turns me off. If it turns off someone who is a committed Catholic Christian, how do you think it affects those we’re supposed to be evangelizing? Are they likely to be drawn to Christ if they see us fighting among ourselves and being insulting and rude in the process??
I had a friend in Alcoholics Anonymous who used to refer to the “big book” - written to guide AA members to live sober. He mentioned an expression sometimes used in their meetings when they talk about attracting others to live sober: “You may be the only copy of the big book some people will ever see”.
Our words and actions go far to influence others one way or another… to follow with you or to run like mad. We may be the only copy of the Big Book that some people will see. Can’t we be polite?