Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018


The gun control debate continues to rage in the news media, Washington, social media, and even in our daily conversations. The issue of gun control is a hotly contested one and has seen no real progress from stalemate in decades. Such stalemates often lead to exasperation and desperation -- the breeding ground of sin and hate. When analyzed from above the partisan rancor, this debate is different than most other hot button issues in the US as both sides want the same end but just believe in different means to achieve it. This is not a unique problem to the US nor is it the first time mankind has faced such issues. Paul preached on how to disagree agreeably in Romans chapter 15. He says, "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." When we argue to please ourselves, we turn the debate into a win or lose situation. When we argue as to how best to please God, we shift the focus from our own purposes to His greater purpose and the debate becomes mutually beneficial. Today, rather than harp on your perceived failings of the other side of this debate, focus on Jesus' teachings for how to amicably live and prosper together. Just as in all things in life, turn to the Scriptures for the guidance and grace to build a better future.

"We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." -- Romans 15: 1-7 ESV