A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, one of the Facebook groups I belong to clued me in on a great new way for women to unite in faith—but when I tried to put it into practice, things went horribly wrong. I invited some friends over, and we were supposed to discuss a few faith questions that would bring us together. And though the questions themselves weren’t very controversial, two of the women got into an argument so heated that one walked out! They’re both very good people who have since made up, but I’ve seen this kind of thing happen before: At everything from casual get-togethers to Bible studies and prayer groups, fights break out. I’m not about to lose my personal faith over it; still, my hope that we’ll ever be united as Christians is definitely waning. If there’s an answer to all the battling between us, please tell me what it is!”
Wisdom of the Word
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. —Paul (likely) in an open letter, Hebrews 10:24–25
We understand and yet…
We count on our faith to bring us together, so it hurts our hearts to see Christians fight among themselves. The discord in our ranks is so widespread and heated, we sometimes feel our hope in Christian harmony is gone. Are we as powerless against the infighting as we feel?