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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries

 

Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, but not your Chris-tians.” In one church service the people testified about all the problems of certain people. At the end of the service a man asked a young man if he would like to be saved. He replied, “I have enough problems and don’t need any more.” The greatest testimony to the world is a changed, contented, and consistent Christian life. It seems that some pastors, leaders, ministries, and Christians just can’t get along with others.

Paul wept as he wrote a letter to correct a problem in the church (2 Cor. 2:4). Paul also stated, “I have fought a good fight” (2 Tim. 4:7). Some fights are “good” fights, but some are “bad” fights because there are no winners, only losers. Paul also fought to prevent more problems. It is good to fight for the cause of Christ, for the battle of faith, to fight the world, sin, and the Devil. Paul also fought against Christians fighting one another. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory” (Phil. 2:3).

Nothing means nada, zilch, zero or no-thing. Paul’s epistles were written more about strife than sin. A preacher said, “If God be for you, who can be against you?” A pastor stood and yelled, “The deacons, bless God! That’s who!” The late Dr. Curtis Hutson said, “There are some things that I’d die for, other things that I’d fight for that I wouldn’t die for, and still other things I’d fuss about that I wouldn’t fight over.” The late Dr. Bill Rice said, “Good Christians are always reasonable.”

I have also learned that God can use people who disagree with me. It is all right to debate, discuss, and disagree, but you should not divide in non-Scriptural issues. It is important to recognize your real enemy. During the war in England, ships were fighting on the sea. It was very foggy, and General Wellington’s ship was being fired upon. He observed it was one of his own ships. He quickly flashed a message, “The enemy is over there.”

Christians are on the same side. In every war, there are casualties from friendly fire or fire from soldiers on the same side. I have learned not to fight in a battle where you cannot win the victory. You can win a battle and lose the war. Many churches, homes, and ministries have been destroyed over meaningless and trivial battles.

The battle should be “without” but not “within” the church and home. You should attack the problem, but not the person. Usually churches and homes are destroyed from within-implosions! Christians, remember a very important verse, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). Well, let’s learn to pick only “good” fights and until then why not just seek to dwell together in unity!

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org

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