I’m not on FR too much, but if you are, how about being the change you’d like to see? Next time you see a thread that seems designed to provoke confrontation, why not refuse the bait and instead objectively point out the problem? Point out what prevents a charitable discussion and see if anyone will join you in talking over facts instead of trading insults. I would! I’m much more attracted to fruits of the Holy Spirit than sour apples :) Just my 2 cents worth.
That has been my intent for the last several years. I try very hard to stick to the discussion and not make personal insults. I’m not sure what you mean by “not taking the bait”. If you mean to simply IGNORE the offending threads, then sorry, I won’t, nor do I think any of us should. If someone posts something that is wrong or vindictive or condescending about my faith, I have every right to join the discussion. What I have asked repeatedly for is more discretion by those who are the usual posters of such threads. So far, I’ve seen little evidence they care and plenty that demonstrates they enjoy stirring the pot - complete with provocative titles. I don’t fall for the bait instigating me to get nasty where the RM has to intervene and most of us show plenty of self discipline by not falling for the game either. And, sadly, that was the game. I’m much more interested in speaking the truth and winning souls to Christ. Anyone who truly loves the Lord would do the same. Thanks for standing up for peace among brethren.