Don’t let personal differences get petty. What is the nature of these differences? It could be nothing or it could be something. They could be matters of opinion and preference or they could be matters of truth and right. Either way when those differences exist and cannot be resolved, that doesn’t mean we have to get petty. When we lower ourselves to name calling, mockery, or belittling, then we show how immature and backhanded we can be. We make ourselves no better than the captors and executioners of Jesus (Matthew 27:1ff). Those are not the actions of godly people. Instead the Golden Rule would be the better course of action – “All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do unto you, even so do you also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). If we wouldn’t want others to treat us in these ways then we shouldn’t apply this treatment to them.
With all that is going on in the world today, we seem to have lost the ability to act with kindness, meekness, and humility. We seek to tear down instead of building up. We take to social media to vent our frustrations and sometimes don’t realize the consequences of our public actions. The following article written by my friend Andy Brewer (who will be conducting our Gospel Meeting in September) readily addresses these issues. Part one is the article for today, and part two will be in next week’s bulletin.
How do you view time? Not just knowing it exists, but how do you think about it? Time is something that everyone deals with daily. In fact, daily is a time we use. Some of the things that one does is a daily task. Some, of course, are weekly, monthly… well, you get the idea.
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The teens and I are off on another campaign adventure. This year 25 of us are traveling down to McMinnville, TN to work with the Mt. Leo church of Christ. This is a congregation of around 250 members and it sits in the middle of Warren County, the home of over 40 congregations of the Lord’s church.
The world is a mess right now. History, Christianity, and common sense are under attack. The news outlets and social media have exploded with the comments of millions of Americans on each side. What’s a Christian to do?