Too right! It’s Aussie slang for “I agree with you.” However, many Christians I’ve met are so “right” that they can’t agree with anyone. Backing themselves into a corner by their insistence on being right, the sharp point of their rightness keeps others well away and prevents them from meaningful fellowship with others who do not share their opinions. Pursuing the virtues of correct doctrine and purist zeal, they neglect the virtues of loving humility and a teachable spirit. They are in a very literal sense “too right”.
Much is to be gained by stepping back and observing the breadth of Christian “rightness” in history. From Paul and Barnabas’ conflict about John Mark to the disputes of Wesley and Whitefield, believers have disagreed about many issues throughout the centuries. In hindsight we can often observe that neither had a monopoly on rightness. Both sides were faithful and godly servants of God. Certainly there are some things about which we cannot afford to be wrong—the Bible as our sole source of authority, God as our Sovereign Creator, Jesus as our propitiation for sin—to name a few. We rightly call these fundamentals; without them we cannot call ourselves Christians. But much to which we give precious time and energy are pinpoints of “rightness” that lend themselves to pride, even arrogance. Issues of worship styles, music styles, dress styles, and teaching styles fall under the category of contextual adaptation to culture. With “style” the issue is not “rightness” but connectedness, an ability to understand the times as did those ancient men of Naphtali. Eschatology is another area where godly men have differed throughout the centuries, as is the issue of divorce. Why make enemies over matters that require expert explanation by carefully trained teachers to attain airtight conclusions?
I was chatting with an older man in a church setting recently. The name of a mutual friend was raised and the man commented, “You know what ruined him? Calvinism!” Since I have been blessed and fortified in my own walk with God by the “doctrines of grace”, I was somewhat taken aback by the gentleman’s assertion. In his own mind, he had reached a level of rightness in his opinion of Calvinism that he would instantly alienate any who cling to those teachings. Thankfully, this gentlemen was “easier to be entreated” than I at first expected and listened with his heart to some of my questions. I have met plenty who were not.
By all means, study until you yourself are convinced in your own mind. Search the scriptures to see which teachings are true. But as you do, be aware that others who have the same scriptures and the same Holy Spirit may differ in their conclusions. Leave the door of your mind open to further learning and light; it is wisdom to do so (James 3:17). A man (or woman) who is “too right” may one day discover that he cannot say “too right” to anyone. That’s a lonely place to be.