Do you ever get frustrated when people disagree with you?
“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” -2 Timothy 2:23
Whether football teams or fall elections, Bible translations or Macs vs. PCs, there is no shortage of things that people can get fired up and passionate about.
Yet, for we who follow Christ, God calls us to not let any difference of opinion turn into divisive opposition against other brothers or sisters in Christ. We are to be passionate about people, about pursuing faith and love and peace together, and while it is fine to have preferences and vital to also pursue truth, we must remember that the way in which we pursue is just as important as the what.
Pursuing peace doesn’t mean giving up on truth, it just means picking our battles a little more carefully than most. It doesn’t mean agreeing with everybody or affirming incorrect beliefs, but that when people don’t see things our way, we don’t see their disagreement as a threat.
May we be people who walk in the freedom to disagree, yet still walk in peace.