Just had this happen to me today on Facebook, and I just want to urge fellow Christians in the middle of a disagreement to NEVER SAY "I'll pray for you" when bowing out of a discussion.
The topic doesn't really matter, but suffice it to say it was one in which reasonable Christians could disagree. A Facebook friend responded that we would have to agree to disagree, and urged me to read a Ray Comfort's book The way of the Master. I responded that I disagree pretty strongly with Comfort on a lot of things, so we would indeed agree to disagree.
He simply responded "I'll pray for you".
Furious. Those innocuous words insinuate:
- Your Christian views are wrong and in need of correcting.
- There can be no discussion because I'm right in this matter.
- My views are not only right but morally superior to yours.
Maybe I'm taking this the wrong way but I know I will NEVER do that to a fellow Christian. If you feel they are in need of it, certainly pray for them. To state you are going to do so is belittling and un-Christian.