There is much discussion blended with sophistry these days. I suppose that has always been the case with humanity. Imagine Adam and Eve whispering to each other when they heard God calling for them in the Garden after they had followed the serpent’s advice to ignore God’s instruction. Eve may have been lashing out at Adam for not protecting her from herself (she would have been right to do so), after all he was standing right behind her. Adam making excuses, any excuses trying to deflect his guilt. Both eventually arguing about “words.” I have been guilty myself. That is not to say it is OK… because it is not.
There may be a place in debate training or training in logic and ethics in order to provoke thought and consideration, but to “play the devil’s advocate” for sport or advantage is not only dangerous, but forbidden. Some will not be able to see through the charade, or worse yet, may attach to the false argument for personal gain or advancement, recognizing the persuasive deception couched in the words used.
Paul spoke of this and was not unclear in his instruction: “Remind them of these things, commanding them before the Lord that they not argue about words, which leads to nothing of value and to the destruction of those who hear them. Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But avoid profane foolish babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness, and their word will spread like gangrene“ (2 Timothy 2:14-17).
Reading and hearing fine sounding arguments crafted to persuade that “evil” is actually “good” is frightening on several levels. Godliness is not “rocket science.” It is actually very simple. The only difficult aspect is denying self and deciding to comply with God’s way.
Playing “Devil’s Advocate ” in the culture wars presently being waged is costly as measured in souls. Being “All In” is a matter of being clearly in God’s service, no matter that social cost.
Be clear, but kind. Be devoted to God, not political correctness.