Agree to disagree used to be helpful. Congenial, even. Not simply acknowledging a difference of opinions but it came with the idea of “putting aside” those differences for the sake of unity. For peaceful living. What seems to motivate many (individuals, groups, whole camps) today is truly disagreeing. Even if there’s common ground to be found, it is the disagreeing points that become the focus, the agenda and, often, where many find their identity.
It can be draining. For the non-confrontational ones, it can make you want to retreat and hibernate inside….much the same way these howling winter winds do! What is a Christian to do? Two (very quick) thoughts.
Ephesians 4:3 “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Where we are able…we need to be the influence for peace. This atmosphere of constant division and disagreement – for the sake of argument – should not permeate our church, our Bible study, our fellowship groups and certainly not into our homes. We can share different opinions and still love another. We can get along and celebrate – focus on – common goals. Especially in our homes, we often have the greatest influence to set the tone and mood. Let’s create calm retreats from the bickering world around us!
Matthew 5:16a “Let your light so shine before men…” There are plenty of places where we have much less influence. Nevertheless, we are called upon to be a reflection of Christ – to offer peace, love for others, patience and forbearance (even with those with whom we do not agree). It is not always easy but we are to do our part to make a difference. Ask God to help you shine before all those you interact with each day…and then recharge in the safe haven at home each evening!
These were my quick (five-minute) thoughts this morning on the prompt: Agree. Join the others at Five Minute Friday….and have a peace-filled weekend.