They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Acts 15:40-41
Lord Jesus, as this Scripture demonstrates, there are times when your faithful servants don’t see eye to eye. Our best efforts at keeping “the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” get stressed, tested, and arrested (Eph. 4:3).
Different perspectives generate chilled attitudes, which often escalate to sharp disagreements. Painful words get spoken, emotions ramp up, leading to a parting of ways. Advocates in life begin to relate like adversaries from two different planets. This happens in healthy marriages, among good friends, and in fine churches.
Jesus, the closer we get to the U. S. presidential election, the more we see this relationship-stressing drama growing in our midst. As those who belong to you, we’re not all going to vote for the same candidate Nov. 3rd. The issues are big, but you are Bigger.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, be the Prince of Peace in our midst, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth to our hearts. Our hope is in you and your kingdom, not in any candidate or platform.
On Nov. 4th, no matter which candidate “wins,” America is likely to be more divided than ever. Our calling to live as “citizens of heaven” is going to be more critical than ever. Loving as you love us will be essential, not merely important. Help us Jesus. Humble us. Prepare us. So very Amen, we pray, in your triumphant and tender name.