Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Let’s Not Stir Up Dissension

Proverbs 6:16, 19

The LORD hates… a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Ray 2018One of my favorite sayings is Christianity boils down to attitude. I often follow that phrase with the following – Christianity boils down to attitude – the condition and position of one’s heart. Scripture tell us in Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Attitude is everything says a little stone marker on my office desk. I believe that the heart – the attitude we have – is so very important. I celebrated the life of a friend who told his children that attitude meant everything in life.

Each time I pray for the men who gather to play basketball early in the morning at Riva Trace Baptist Church – I pray for an attitude check – that our attitudes would be a blessing and not a hinderance to our witness and our exercise. As Christians we are called to have the attitude of Christ in the scriptures. Philippians 2:5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

The attitude of Christ would not be to cause dissension among the brothers and sisters for sure. Do we know anyone that makes it their calling to cause dissension in the family of God? Usually they are people that never seem be happy. They never seem pleased with what others are doing. They shake their heads back and forth – even in church meetings – to express their feelings to all who would notice. Usually they want their own way – which is always the right way – according to them. They seem to be gossips and they always seem to be putting their nose into people’s business. Do we know anyone like this? Do we look like this at times?

One of the things that scripture tells us is that God hates men and women who cause dissension in the church. He hates those who seem bent on causing trouble wherever they go. Here is today’s passage in partial context with some other things that God hates. Proverbs 6:16-19 – 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Let’s pray on this passage today. Let’s make sure that we are not causing dissension in the church. Let’s pray that we will work toward unity whenever possible and holiness when we must take a stand. I’ve been praying this for our denomination as February 2019 approaches. I pray that General Conference – the specially called session – will bring about clarity and maybe even unity in Christ.

By the way – even though this translation says God hates men who cause dissension – we can certainly make it more politically correct and say that God hates men and women that cause dissension. This is one time where the word men can mean all people!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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