When I read the words about the evil one (Voldemort), it made me mindful. I had to pause, read it again, dog-ear the page so I could flip back to it easily.
The enemy (Voldemort…shudder) was an expert in causing divides among friends in an effort to overcome them with his evil. The only way to defeat him? Unity.
I’m going to be honest with you, there are a whole lot of people who I’ve hidden from my “timeline” on Facebook. I can’t see what they post.
Why would I do that?
Because I can’t stand the discord their posts cause.
They might have something valid to say. Their point may be good. But it’s the venom behind it that I can’t take. I’m not kidding (I wish I was), here is just one example of what I’m talking about:
“If you don’t vaccinate your child, YOU ARE A FOOL! Go ahead, unfriend me. I can’t be around you or your child because you could make me sick. You are a fool and you are neglecting your child.”
This same person called people who took exception to this “rude nut cakes”. She also compared “anti-vaxers” to abortionists.
She told people who disagreed with her to “GO AWAY”.
Oh. And she talked about Jesus in that post, too.
This kind of thing raises my hackles. It upsets my tummy. Makes me flustered and embarrassed and just plain old upset.
And, guess what, it has nothing to do with the vaccination debate. It has to do with the way this woman has chosen to holler about it. Her words are divisive, ugly, poison. There is nothing of unity in her posts.
Let’s revisit that idea from Harry Potter…and let’s alter it just a smidgen.
The enemy (satan) is an expert in causing divides among Christians in an effort to overcome us with his evil. The only way to defeat him? Unity in Christ.
That’s not to say we agree on all things. We won’t. And that’s all right. It’s in the way we handle our disagreements. Are we rending the Body of Christ in an effort to be right? Then satan wins that battle.
It’s insanity to claw at your own body. That’s what we do when we attack our brothers and sister in Christ.
Are we putting love behind our words of disagreement? Are we seeking to maintain our Oneness in Jesus? Are we acknowledging the worth of the other person as an image bearer of God? Good. I believe that, in this, God is glorified.
When I was a kid, growing up in the United Methodist Church, I was taught the value of love. Say what you might about that denomination, they sure know how to love people. All people. We sang a song called “They will know we are Christians by our love”. It’s straight from John 13:35. The words of Jesus, “They will know you are My disciples if you love one another”.
Not if you can win a debate.
Not if you’re always right.
Not if you’re the loudest in the screaming match.
Not if your candidate wins the election.
But they will know we are Christians, followers of The Christ, by the way we love each other.
By the way we stick together. Pray for one another. Serve each other. By the way we lovingly approach disagreements.
By our love.
It’s Lent, my friends. A time to reflect on our lives with Christ. It’s a great time to focus your prayer life. Can we pray for unity within the Body of Christ? Our brothers and sisters in places like Iraq are being murdered for their faith. This is one thing we can pray for in unity. Right? Pray, even if you don’t know what to say. Just tell God your concerns and that you have no other words. The Bible says that The Spirit will take over.