Sometimes I think we have an expectation that everyone is going to get along someday. As Christians, we have this hope that somehow we will all eventually “line up” under correct doctrine and follow Jesus together -we will have that Kumbayah moment.
Jesus is often presented as a peacemaker and a pacifier. He is called the “Prince Of Peace” after all.
I think that title is misapplied. He came, not to make peace amongst men, but to offer Himself as the way to make peace with God.
Jesus actually creates a lot of trouble amongst men. Have you noticed? Everyone wants to quote Him, everyone wants Him to be on their side, and we always try to put Him in our little box. But He seems to stand aloof from many that would claim Him as their own.
Jesus said this: “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division…” –Luke 12:51 He goes on to talk about how even amongst family members He causes division.
Have you ever gotten into a fight over the gospel or the implications of the gospel? Have you ever told anyone that they were simply wrong or misguided based on something that the bible is clear about? If you have, you know what this means. If you haven’t, you don’t know what the gospel means, and you haven’t embraced it’s full implications.
I’m not advocating that we get into fights about petty matters, but neither do I think we should cower from difficult battles over the important ones. The trouble for me lies in determining which battles are worth the blood loss.