With controversial topics abounding these days, many Christians find themselves in the middle of heated debates. The disappointing fact is that these debates are quite often among Christians. It’s obvious there are Christians on both sides of the coin. If we are called to be unified, why are so many Christians asserting their opinions so loudly? I wonder what good it is doing to argue one stance or another. Is it that important to be “right?”
It saddens me to see God’s plan and desire so disregarded. In the midst of that, Christians are called to exhibit love, grace, and truth. And, we are to be unified in those things.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23
God’s word spells out the way to have a perfect joy and peace that only He can provide. He shows us how to live. Yes, the truth is we don’t always get it right. But, instead of disputing and name calling, let’s keep our mouth shut and listen. Listen to what God expects from us. Our opinion isn’t what’s important. Our unified actions of love are of the utmost importance. This is our calling. This is how we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who don’t know the love of Christ.
I love this quote by Billy Graham:
It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.
We don’t need to condemn or condone. We just need to love, and do it as one.