Whenever I find myself in a disagreement with another human being, particularly a fellow believer or follower of Christ, I am reminded to wait, step back, and catch my metaphorical breath before I proceed with my point of view or perspective on a given situation.
Much of what people fight over are merely temporal situations in the grand scheme of time and history. Unfortunately, for some, their frame of reference is often nurtured and cultivated by popular culture rather than biblical principle. The media from the Left and the Right owe their very existence to their readership who, as a group, tend to polarize towards a given side, perspective, or point of view. In the final analysis, it boils down to a WE versus THEM battle, often over the hot potatoes that the media loves to throw into the centre of the battle cage. Like starving coyotes, we leap into the centre of the ring in a life or death battle over a silly hot potatoe too hot to touch.
Granted, certain issues of morality and ethics are not up for discussion for any true follower of Christ. Just about everything else that falls outside of that is open to meaningful discussion, respectful debate, compromise and concession.
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, reminds us:
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)
Yet, here we find ourselves in a battle of the wills against our brother or sister in Christ over things that are simply foolish. The real battle is not with our neighbour, our friend, our family member – it is against evil in the unseen realm. We cannot battle in the supernatural realm on our own strength with human wit and knowledge – natural tools that will surely fail.
So, the next time you get a little hot under the collar and feel justified in your righteous anger, simply slow down a little, and take the time to spiritually discern what is really going on in a conflict situation. You might be surprised at what you learn. I know I have.
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