Some have said that Covid19 has given us all an opportunity to realign the direction of the course we have set and reprioritize our connection to our source of strength and I can seriously appreciate that because I also have been rethinking a lot of things. I know one thing for sure, I’m tired on being on the merry-go-rounds that lead nowhere, or at a minimum, seem to never end.
Who of us really wants to hear of yet another opinion? I know I surely don’t. I know a lot of us Christians disagree on a wide spectrum of topics. I’ve heard it said that if you put 100 Jewish people in a room you will end up with 101 opinions. It would appear to me that the Jewish people are not alone because I’m thinking that we all are subject to this tendency, pretty well without exception.
The various problems we are encountering are analyzed and varying sources are quoted with our reasoned findings stated. Problem being, the reality of unadulterated truth is a rare commodity these days, as are unbiased sources, so a lot of us end up not knowing who to believe. And I also know that many of the problems or topics we look at, are not all black or white, even when it comes to interpreting Scripture.
I have a gut feeling that these things are not going to change. They certainly haven’t in the past and I don’t see any evidence of that trend changing now. In fact, from what I can see, our differences of opinion are actually intensifying and causing much discord and disorder. And no, I am not going to offer up my opinion of why this is, or who is responsible or how to change it, but I do think that the vast majority of us can acknowledge that the disorder is indeed happening and it does not appear to be diminishing.
God’s Word tells us that God is NOT the author of disorder but rather of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33) And God’s Word also tells us, that as much as we are able, to live peaceably with all people. (Romans 12:18) So, I’m thinking that I actually have a choice, I can work towards that peace or I can work towards the continued disorder. That of course, is where it can become a tad sticky.
Does that mean that we as Christians stop defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ? No, I don’t think it does. As Christians this is one of our responsibilities (Jude 1:3, 2 Timothy 4:2) and is in fact, a topic of much discussion within the New Testament. If you disagree with me, that is your call, but I would disagree with you if you don’t acknowledge this directive that we are given.
Sometimes we do need to disagree with one another. If Peter and Paul could have a disagreement (Galatians 2:11-14), I’m pretty sure that can happen to you and I. Sometimes one argument will change the mind of another and sometimes it won’t. We can’t control that, all we can do is speak the truth in love, which I would think includes honest motives and a sense of responsibility to defend God’s truth.
So one of the things that has been whirling around in the back of my mind is how to balance my requirement to as much as I am able, work towards peace, while at the same time, lovingly defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The first thing that comes to my mind, is does what I am about to put forward to others, focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ or does it touch on areas outside of this specific area? It also brings to my mind, the reality of, is this a critical article of faith or is it a grey area where there are different schools of thought on this subject? I admit that this defining process is not always easy. Validating the “Passion Bible” as an authentic translation or even an accurate paraphrase of God’s Holy Word would be a relatively easy one to decide on (my recommendation would be to not validate it). Whether we do or do not celebrate Christmas or Easter would in my mind, not be a critical article of faith.
I’m thinking, that in the big scheme of things, we all are utterly dependent on God’s grace and our walk with Him needs to be in accordance with His guidance. Clarifying the parameters of that walk can be instrumental in achieving that goal.
Anyway, just my thoughts, something to perhaps think about.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!