Why All The Arguing?

There are some things that we as Christians MUST dig our heels in and fight for. Some things are too important to compromise on. As an example, the Salvation Message of the Gospel. We can not waiver on the message of God’s Grace.

There are some things, however, that are more tradition and preference than Biblical theology. Does the Bible foretell that a single translation will one day be completed and that all others are Satan’s attempts to water down the Gospel? Does the Bible tell us that God prefers hymns, traditional, or contemporary music in our church services? Come to think of it, does the Bible instruct us to have church services? These things are tradition and preference. None of the choices go against anything in the Bible (our only source for God’s will). But some people become too passionate about these things and are too critical of their brothers and sisters who disagree. I have seen bumper stickers that attack Christians who disagree on some of these matters. This is not Biblical, and it is not helping. It is spiteful, arrogant, and uncalled for.

Romans 14:1, Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours.

Romans 14:4, What right do you have to criticize someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right, and the Lord will make sure that they do right.

God has big plans for his Church. There are things that we are supposed to be accomplishing. We have become so distracted by our little disagreements that we have lost sight of our mission. We need to put our differences aside. Stop criticizing each others’ preferences, and start changing the world again. We must remember that we will give an account some day of what we have or have not done.

Romans 14:7-8, Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves. Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord.

Romans 14:12-13, And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do. We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone’s faith.

Romans 14:17-19, God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people. We should try to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith.

Brothers and Sisters, let us stop this arguing about things that have no eternal consequences. Let us focus on pleasing God in our own lives, sharing the message of His love with the world, and helping one another to grow in our faith.

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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