Monday, September 3, 2012

Differences




What do you do when you have a fundamental disagreement with someone that you are close to and love very much?  I know I'm not the only one.  But in that moment, what do you say?  It's easy to get stuck in a state of confusion between sharing truth in love and putting in your two cents as a busy body when it's not wanted.

With "social media" (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) we have the ability to put our thoughts and ideas out there before hundreds of our friends and family at the click of a button.  Everyone has different experiences that have shaped their worldviews and when you have one, two, three hundred or more friends you can be pretty certain that any given post has the potential to offend at LEAST one person!

In early America there were roughly 1/3 who were loyal to the crown, 1/3 of the people who wanted to proclaim independence, and 1/3 that didn't want to be involved in the debate.  Are we facing the same sort of thing today?  Some of us see Big Government as a loss of liberty, some have just gotten comfortable with Big Government, some are so dependent upon Big Government for their livelihood that they are willing to fight to defend it.

Many of us who believe in the individual and that our rights come from God and not government, become distressed when those we love say things of the opposite view, or when others become frustrated with us when we say what we believe.

Matthew 10 comes to mind.  Many principles that our country was founded upon were Biblical principles.  Let's take a look at a few things Jesus tells the disciples before He sends them out to preach the gospel.

Vs. 14 - If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.

If people don't want to hear what we have to say it is NOT our job to convince them.

Vs. 16 - 
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.


May God grant us discernment on when to speak and when not to speak, and also HOW to speak and WHAT to speak!! 


Vs. 36 - A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

That's tough!  But God's truth does divide those who believe from those who will not believe.  God, grant us grace to accept that You are God and we...are not.

I am really wondering what your thoughts may be.  Do you ever have this experience?  Please comment below.  I would love to know I'm not alone.  

11 comments:

  1. so very true, and thank you for putting it so plainly. if I disagree or they with me, I let it go and take it all back to Abba and trust the Holy Spirit to work it out. It is the enemy that wants division and strife, we can seek wisdom and should do in every situation from our wise Father.

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    1. I love how you say, "...trust the Holy Spirit to work it out.", because that's really what it comes down to. = )

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  2. it's amusing to me that I just opened your blog this morning, and the very experience you blogged here about regarding beliefs being stated on Facebook happened to me just last night before I went to bed! The stated anti-God belief of a very close family member grieved me so much!! My first heart prayers were, "give me words to set that one straight!" "Give me power with words to change that one's thinking!" I felt as I journaled that the Lord showed me a couple things...1. this belief system is now clearly exposed to light and 2. that Love is Patient and Jesus holds Time for that one to come to his/her senses. Then the Lord comforted me with His love and released me from fear for the life of the one speaking so boldly against God.

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    1. Let's keep praying for them!! God is able!

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  3. So very true. Our first gut response is to defend what we've said....especially if what we've said is truth from the Word and it is being mocked, and more so when it comes from family. We must be Spirit-led to know what to say and when.

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    1. It's mind-blowing to think about how Jesus was mocked and beaten but did not say a word in His own defense, and yet all the glory went to God in the end. May we have that self-control, and yet sensitivity to know when we are being called to speak truth!

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  4. I, too, have a family member who has an anti-God belief and when I try to find the words/scripture to back my point, a list of my faults is rattled off. I have learned to just step back, agree to disagree, and leave it all in God's hands

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    1. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
      But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      May we, as Believers, lift one another up in times when it is easy to feel isolated!

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  5. Thank you all for your comments! I am happy to see that this word is connecting with others. Be encouraged! "For when I am weak, then I am strong."

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  6. Not everyone is ready to hear "truth" but that does not mean they will never receive it...... just scatter the word/seed out there cause somewhere along the way its gonna take root and get planted in the persons heart ( His word and our words of encouragement or correction never comes back void or without achieving what it was meant to accomplish)and love always wins..... just BE love to the person who rejects Gods truth cause they expect a different reaction

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