Iím writing this during a particularly heated and divisive election year. I thank God the election will soon be over, but from experience, I realize there will be more subjects to argue about. Whether my chosen candidate wins or loses, there will be more conflicts springing from great passions. Thatís the way the world is. The ruler of this world, Satan, (John 12:31 and 14:30) is working day and night to divide us. Brother against brother, child against parent, Christian against Christian.
We are individuals with differing opinions. We like to protect those opinions, draw lines of battle, protect our territory.
Donít we have trouble letting people close? Is it difficult letting them see our inmost feelings? Is it hard to open our heart, leaving it unprotected?
Misunderstandings and differences of opinion lead to hurt and alienation. We build walls for protection. We need those walls because someone might hurl insults, hurtful words, anger at us. The heart is easily broken.
Read any of a number of self-help books, listen to motivational speakers. We hear; be strong, get back up, fight back.
Read the Bible. We were not created for this kind of living. We were built for relationshipótrue, whole-hearted relationship. We thrive on togetherness.
The walls weíve built are thick and they are tough to break down, but when we take that difficulty to Jesus, he breaks down walls and breaks the chains that bind us to fear of one another.
- As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to be one. We may not have identical opinions, but we have one God, one Savior, one hope. We have one destination. We are called to be like-minded in mercy and forgiveness. (John 17:20-26)
- We are called to unity, sympathy, brotherly love, tenderness and humility. (1 Peter 3:8)
- We have fellowship with one another. We serve under one God. We are saved by one Savior. (1 John 1:7)
- As one saved by grace, arenít I called to offer grace?
- As one loved by God, arenít I called to love?
- As one forgiven, arenít I called to forgive?
This election will be over soon. Someday, every divisive topic will fade away. When we leave this world and enter Heaven, there will be only God and His glory.
Jesus gave us the commandmentóto love one another as he loves us. (He loves the sinful and unlovable) He said all people will know we belong to him by the way we love one another. (John 13:34-35)