“How long will you waiver between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18:21)
1 Kings 18:1-15
The gospel and the situation
You may have seen in the bulletin last Sunday that I participated in a panel discussion Monday on “civil discourse.” In my brief presentation I said that in a difficult situation believers need to respond with the Gospel and the Bible. The Gospel response to conflict is not separation but incarnation. We don’t disengage; we show up. We listen, we care, we do – because that’s what Jesus did in his incarnation. We also pay attention to Scripture – for example, its pervasive teaching on kindness – such as when Paul writes, “Let your gentleness be evident to all” (Philippians 4:5). Because the Bible says so, we step into anger with patience and grace.
That was Monday. By midweek chaos had broken out in the streets and air waves of Charlotte, our big sister city to the south. Once again there are lots of people on all sides who believe no one is listening to them. Read more »