So much arguing. So much division.
Masks or no mask?
Open the state or close the state?
Black Lives Matter or All lives matter?
Vote democratic or vote republican?
The debate rages.
There were two women. Both loved the Lord. Both had co-labored with Christ. Both had made sacrifices for the Spread of the Gospel. Both undoubtedly Christian. Yet these two women were in disagreement.
Their discord must have been significant for Paul to make mention of it in his letter it to the church. I wonder what Paul would write today to the church that meets in America?
His advice to the two women caught in a public argument was simple: Agree in the Lord.
Does that mean I don’t take stand for what I believe? Absolutely not. Paul was very vocal about grace and unity.
Does that mean I have to forfeit my voice for peace? Surely not. Jesus challenged the Pharisees.
Does that mean I have to agree with every thing my pastor says? Of course not. That’s a cult not church.
So how do we agree in the Lord?
We unite in the belief, Jesus is the Son of God and the only way to heaven is through Him. We remember we are sisters and brothers in the faith, first and foremost. We remember we love each other. We do not allow secondary issues to separate. We have difficult conversation in love without requiring our brothers and sisters to walk away agreeing with us. We fight to maintain relationship even when we disagree.
So friends, as you post in social media today, as you comment, as you passionately state your beliefs, remember we agree in the Lord. We love. We honor. We value. So go and post passionately but nicely.
“I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord.”
Philippians 4:2 CSB