Carefully Contending

counselThis is wise counsel (which I need to heed more carefully) from D. A. Carson as he comments on Galatians 2.1ff:

“While the Gospel is something worth contending for, there are right ways and wrong ways to go about this business. When Peter’s inconsistency is public and doing public damage, Paul’s rebuke is public (2.11-21). When Paul is trying to clear the air, find out what is going on, and present the tenor of his own work, he approaches the others ‘privately’ (2.2). His concern, after all, is the advance of the undiluted Gospel,¬†not his own public vindication (emphasis added). When we find ourselves in the place where we must tenaciously contend for the Gospel, we must think through how to do so most winsomely and strategically.”