The Trouble

The Trouble

15 February 2009


The next day the commander ordered the leading priests into session with the Jewish high council. He wanted to find out what the trouble was all about, so he released Paul to have him stand before them. (Acts 22:30 NLT)


This wasn’t the first time a Roman official had been curious and confused over the hatred the Jews had for Paul. Once again they listened to his Jesus story until he told the part about Jesus sending him to the Gentiles, and then they went ballistic!


It’s hard for normal people to understand why Christians fight each other over what seem to be minor points of doctrine. We understand it of course, because we think our particular set of beliefs and do’s and don’ts are right and everyone else’s are wrong (If they differ from ours). I guess that’s the nature of believing that you have the only revealed truth – anyone who doesn’t agree precisely with every point has to be wrong.

I don’t know how the Father will answer Jesus’ prayer in John 17: “My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.” (John 17:21 NLT), but I believe he will.

I believe that my part in the process is to look for the common ground of agreement rather than focusing on the often minor points of difference. A good approach might be that in the essentials we should have unity, in the non-essentials there is liberty with harmony, but in all things there must be love.


Father, please give me courage to stand for my convictions and wisdom to know which convictions to stand for. And please give me love for those whose convictions intersect mine at an odd angle. Amen.

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