“Remind the people of these facts and solemnly charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.” (II Timothy 2:14-16)
The common denominator of every Christian is Jesus Christ. That fact alone puts us all on the same team regardless of what denomination or church we go to. As Christians, we should be unified under the banner of Jesus Christ, not the Baptist banner or the AG banner or the Pentecostal banner or the non-denominational banner. When God looks down from His throne in heaven, He is looking for a unified Body of Christ. The Body whose common denominator is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
It is easy to fall into an argument about this doctrine or that doctrine of a particular denomination and this is what the Bible refers to as “petty controversy” that just gets everyone angry and upset. Where is the fruit of the Spirit?
We scroll through Facebook and see all kinds of inflammatory pictures and stories that get everyone fired up. I can’t tell you how many times, the Lord has said…just keep scrolling! Ask yourself this one question the next time you are tempted to rail against something or someone: Is this going to bring light or darkness? Is this going to further fan the angry flames or calm them down?
It is so hard not to get angry at what is going on in this once-great nation, but the best thing we, as Christians can do is cry out to God for mercy day and night. It is hard not to let fear of terrorists and other calamities coming to our nation, but the best thing we can do is put our trust in the One Who knows the beginning from the end. The One who has us, His children in the palm of His hand.
Blessings everyone…stay strong!