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Bearing With One Another In Love

Ephesians 4:2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMDuring this political season – close friends and relatives seem to be at odds. I’ve seen folks who have been friends for years taking strong positions on either side of this election. I repeat what I have said many times – I cannot see myself voting for either major party candidate – neither is worthy IMHO of being elected president. Yet I also realize that the big prize in this election is the Supreme Court #SCOTUS. The person elected will probably nominate 3-4 justices and the court will lean toward those selections. We are between a rock and a hard place for sure.

During the baseball or football season – a number of folks pull for different teams. I have witnessed good friends at odds with one another because they like different teams. Try going to a Ravens and Steelers game where the visiting jersey and you will see what I mean.

During General Conference this year – and moving forward – there are folks in the church who are on different sides of certain social issues and even some doctrines. Each side believes they are in the right – even inline with God’s desire for truth. Like politics and sports – being on a different side on some issues – even in the church – can divide us. These differences might even split our denomination.

Today’s passage calls us to be patient, bearing with one another. Here it is in partial context. Ephesians 4:1–7 – 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Jesus As LordI found this picture on Facebook and shared it recently. It reminded me that what really matters is this – When it’s all said and done, the only thing that will really matter is whether or not you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Someone may vote for a certain candidate – a candidate for whom you would not vote. Someone may root for a team that is opposed to your team. Someone may have a different theology or even social standing than you. We are called to be humble – completely so – and to be patient, bearing with one another in love.

No one ever said being a Christian was easy. Some of my clergy friends see nothing wrong with siding with one of the political candidates. Some even post articles degrading a candidate. Some see it as their spiritual task to warn their readers/members about the evil of one candidate or the other. I urge folks to vote for neither of the major party candidates. But – above our political views or our favorite team or even our religious views – we are called to bear with one another in love. And this is not easy to do when posting mean-spirited items IMHO.

Maybe we’re only to bear with one another in love if they agree with us! Not!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 9, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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