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).
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
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.”
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
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