2013-02-28 - Politics
Matt 5:47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (NASB)
"I don't want to talk to them any more. I'm done."
I have hear statements like that too many times. It is the us and them scenario. Democrats vs. Republicans vs Libertarians vs Independents vs Tea Party vs ... It bends the mind trying to keep straight who is coming from what position on what issue. We can all agree we have a problem or problems. How to fix whatever is the dividing point. When the talking stops the problem really starts. People dig their heals in and it gets worse.
Looking at politics and the divisions it is easy to see that this is not a perfect world.
Sadly it's not just limited to government and political parties. It happens in offices. It happens in sports teams, corporate structures, families and churches. It happens in all manner of organizations and groups. As we often have differing opinions over many things friction will happen - naturally. Do we sometimes need to take a break and come back? Do we sometimes need to agree to disagree?
Are there things that are non-negotiable? Yes. Keep that list specific and know why the items are on that list.
If we greet only our brothers, fellow Christians (or fellow Christians who think like we do), then we have cut off those for whom Christ died as certainly as one political or office faction may cut off another. When communication stops doors to resolving problems or differences close. When we stop talking we close the pathways that tell people about Jesus even if that witness is simply with our lives.
"But you don't understand how hard it is!" Sadly, yes I do. I am just as mortal and offendable. It is easy to forget that someone has a right to their opinion no matter how it may conflict with our own. Don't let that difference close doors - especially in families and churches. We should not allow quarrels within our midst hamper our outreach to the world we are here to serve and reach with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The world is very broken. It is a fallen creation along with the creatures that inhabit it. We are perfect in God's eyes only because we are hidden behind Christ and covered by His shed blood. We are a work in progress - not perfected until we get home. We must recognize that we are not better or more important. What we do have is an incredible message and a mission.
Grace & Peace,