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Why Can’t We Just Get Along?

Philippians 2:10

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth

Life ChangeIt seems that it is getting harder and harder to live at peace with folks. From politics to religion to sports to how we raise our children – people differ in their opinion and seem to have a hard time expressing themselves without anger and attitudes. On top of that – some people seem to have a hard time dealing with a differing opinion. We’ve lost the art of debate and disagreement. It seems many among us cannot disagree without being disagreeable. Why can’t we just get along?

This seems to be the case in the political world for sure. After eight years of a President popular with one segment of the country and hearing the other side complain – I can’t remember the same venom I am hearing today with the current President. The previous President could do no wrong – it seemed – with the media. This President cannot seem to do anything right – according to the reports in the media (most of the media). I have witnessed families and friends have issues because of which way they voted in the 2016 Presidential elections. The country is very divided – red and blue – right and left – ideologically. We’ll see what 2020 brings. Why can’t we just get along?

This same thing is happening in our denomination – with some not being able to accept a differing view (I understand that at times the differences are so great it is hard if not impossible to harmonize the differences – but we shouldn’t be angry or hateful toward those that hold a differing view). The far left has one theology and the far right has another – and not only can they not agree on their theology – we’re having a hard time agreeing on pastoral ministry. We’ll see what 2020 brings. Why can’t we just get along?

The Nationals will either be World Champs or finish second to the Astros by the time this hits the blogosphere at 9 am on Thursday. What an awesome season they had either way. But it bothers me when other local fans who root for the Orioles (I’m a life-long Orioles fan) can’t cheer on another local team (some do – some will not). We’re so blessed with both teams in our area – along with the Redskins and the Ravens (Washington’s baseball team is doing great this year and their football team – not so great. Baltimore’s teams are just the opposite). Why can’t we just get along?

Back to spiritual things – at some point – all true followers of Jesus – whatever their theology – will join in the throne room of God. We will be one in the presence of God. There will not be sections for liberals and conservatives – there will not be denominational sections either. We will all join hands in the presence of God. I wonder why we can’t just get along here and now?

Even beyond that point – although we have some real differences in life – say between believers and non-believers – at some point – we will all bend a knee to Jesus. Today’s passage says it this way – in partial context. Philippians 2:5–11 – 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I know it may be hard to believe – but you can be a Christian and have voted for President Donald Trump or Barack Obama. You can be a Christian and be a Democrat or Republican (or even an Independent). You can be a Christian and root for the Nationals rather than the Orioles. You can be a Christian and root for the Ravens rather than the Redskins. And you can even root for both teams at the same time – and be a brother or sister in Christ. We need to be able to get along better. Why can’t we just get along?

Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult subject. Maybe even being taught to disagree in an agreeable way.

As far as the non-believers go – we will not win them to Christ by rebuking them or turning our backs to them – so getting along with them might help us reach them for Jesus (think about it).

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

October 31, 2019 - Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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