When was the last time you read or saw something that you strongly disagreed with?

Chances are that it’s probably not that recently. And the odds of it happening are getting slimmer and slimmer.

Why? Because these days people are choosing only to tune in to opinions they share and viewpoints they agree with.

The choices we make in what we watch, listen to or view, or who we friend, like or follow on social media often mean we only receive pre-selected perspectives on the news of the day.

The algorithms in the computer software are geared to point us to people like us, giving views like ours.

And, for a thriving public debate, it’s not healthy.

In this country, Brexit and Remain voters remain divided, not really understanding why anyone took the opposing view.

In the United States, the bitterness around Donald Trump’s victory continues to pollute the political landscape.

But disagreement is good. Journalist Piers Morgan has encouraged his 6.4 million Twitter followers to follow some people they disagree with and in this I agree with him.

How else can we sharpen up our arguments and have them confronted, or changed?

Some of Jesus Christ’s best teaching came when he was challenged – when people tried to trick him with difficult questions or trap him with convoluted ‘what if’ dilemmas.

The opposition gave him the chance to challenge the motives behind the questions, and to show the depth of his wisdom and compassion.

Who do you disagree with – and how can you make sure you are listening to what they say? There’s more than a chance that they may just be right…  

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