Contrary to our name, the United States is currently anything but united. Our country has faced discord and disharmony that has divided us into many different sides.
On the surface, it may just appear to be a conflict of liberals and conservatives, but it is much more than that. If there were only two factions, we might have a singular issue to be divided over. But because there are so many issues, from abortion and gun control to homosexuality and racism, we have almost as many factions as we do issues.
Because of this, it’s difficult to find any kind of peace in our world today. Any civilized conversation can turn into a heated debate almost at the drop of a hat just because the wrong topic was brought up.
We know that perfect peace comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ, so that explains why our world lacks harmony. But for those of us who are believers, we should not let issues that are ultimately irrelevant divide us. As long as we can all agree on what the Bible says, we should be able to move past our disagreements and focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.
The devil will use anything he can to divide believers. If he can get us to argue about gun control, he will. If he can get us to argue about who should hold what office, he will. Why? Because those things distract us from being united as the body of Christ.
It’s time to move past that. If it doesn’t matter in light of the Bible or eternity, then it shouldn’t divide us. It’s okay to have opinions about political or social matters, but holding those as dearly as the Gospel is a problem. That’s a big part of why so many believers today are divided. We’ve let our preferences and opinions become like little gods to us, when we should be focused on the one true God.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT) says, “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
It’s time for us to live in harmony again. We have to put aside the things that divide us unnecessarily from our fellow believers and focus on our mission. Until we do that, we will not be able to win the world to Christ. So let’s stand united.
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