That’s Not Right

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Cunningham’s Law is an axiom coined by Steven McGeady. It’s named after Ward Cunningham, the inventor of wiki software, who initially gave him the advice.  It states “the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it’s to post the wrong answer.”

That doesn’t just work on the internet. People that would instantly shut up like an oyster if you asked something of them will open up if it makes them feel superior. We like to be right and are quick to let people know when they are wrong.

The problem is that isn’t the best way to communicate. When you jump on a person for their error they are just as likely to double down on the mistake as they are to consider the truth. That’s why the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:24-25, “The Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.” Showing yourself right isn’t going to help another, helping them to learn the truth might.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are doing good by simply telling a person they are wrong. Do good by helping lead them to the knowledge that will help them understand.

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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