People who do not agree on the same thing tend to find themselves in the same situation, and you probably have experienced this yourself too. It’s certainly common, especially if you are so passionate and grounded in your beliefs. But Scripture reminds us that there is a way to go about this:
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and
always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. (Titus 3:1-9)
We are in fact to avoid what the Bible calls foolish, unprofitable, and useless. This is not to say that you no longer speak up if you know it will cause friction, as we are still called to speak truth, though always in grace. There is a time and place to have discussions about these things, and when such is done smartly and gracefully, then you know that your assertions will be heard, listened to, and properly considered by the other party.
When they refuse to listen, then be peaceable and considerate. Be gentle even to those who go so far to disagree with you.
Remember that at one point, we were just like them who are hardheaded and refuse to listen to the truth. Surely, I’m not the only one to roll my eyes when I was being preached to, thinking that I knew it all and that such things were irrelevant to me. We were deceived, foolish, and blinded to the truth. While you probably hope that your assertions will bring others to light, we all know it isn’t really as easy as just saying it. People have to be willing to believe what you believe, people have to be willing to listen to and receive what you are asserting.
We are not called to argue with others or debate with them with our assertions. We are called to assert that God is kind and it is because of His love for us that we are saved. Our assertion shouldn’t lie on the basis of us knowing more than others. Our assertion lies on the basis of Christ and what he did for us. Our certainty isn’t our knowledge, our certainty is Christ.
And it is in asserting this way that others will be brought to Christ. It is in knowing what the truth is and how to go about speaking this truth, hoping that in speaking this truth, we will get to see the action of lives being surrendered to his Lordship and hearts being transformed by the knowledge of Christ.
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