Why do we fight so much? What is it that drives mature people to relentlessly pound away at someone or something? What on earth could be so important as to consume a person, split up close friends or drive someone to attack another verbally or even physically?
Over the years I have watched “type A” personalities become engaged in knock down drag out power struggles as they pursue their all consuming vision of being “top dog”. I watched two men who were fellow clergy with me many years ago become so enraged with each other that they turned their shotguns away from the pheasants and toward each other on a hunting trip.
I have always heard it said that fighting is healthy and good for a relationship. I can buy about a 30% of that statement but the rest I dismiss as utter trash. Communication is always a good thing and vital for people to understand each other and work together for a common goal. But, far too many times healthy communication turns into either fanatical ranting or prideful boasting.
Believe it or not, we do have an enemy whose primary plan is to divide God’s people and split up the Body of Christ into powerless tiny sects. I would say the devil has done an incredibly good job at accomplishing his aims. For the most part, Christianity is a fragmented and weak religion full of angry and bitter people who have been hurt by the words and actions of Christian leaders.
The Apostle Paul was very clear about this whole matter when he spoke to the leaders of the church at Ephesus in Acts 20:28-30:
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood .
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock .
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them .
I loathe those who raid established congregations to establish new churches. I loathe those who are so full of themselves that they honestly believe God has given them special revelation that in turn makes them better than anyone else. I loathe those constantly attack, belittle and otherwise seek to disrupt and destroy the faith of another.
In all things we are to seek the edification, encouragement and comfort of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Boldness is not yelling and screaming “I am right” but rather the confidence that the Word of God is right and can be trusted. Leadership is not steamrolling others with a particular doctrine but rather raising others up and helping them work together.
Part of the reason Christianity is the laughing stock of many in the world is its tendency to eat its own. Until we stop spending all of our time fighting and seeking to devour each other, we will never see the incredible promises God has given us come to pass. Can we please turn our guns back on the enemy instead of each other? I pray for the sake of unity we do.
No comments yet? Guess I will be the first. Love this B2Y. I know I have not been keeping up with things here at CB. I have decided to be more active again. I return and find turmoil. But it really isn't new is it? it has been going on sense the beginning of time. People in other country's laugh at us. We sometimes turn and eat our own.
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I join you in your prayer b2y. I pray that the wound in the Body be healed let us love eachother as it is commanded.