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Getting Under Your Skin

In Commitment on December 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

old-shoes-2-feat“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – spoken by Atticus Finch, written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Humanity had become horrible as far as God was concerned.  The first time this happened, He started over with just 8 people and drowned the rest.  That’s His right and privilege since he created it all anyway.  The next time, He called a nation to Himself and established them as the light to the world.  They would be in a position of grace and glory. All who traveled or traded would pass through them. But they failed again.  God’s next and final decision in this matter was centered around Jesus leaving Heaven and living as a human for a while.  He sent a dozen prophets to announce this future occurrence.  He established wisdom in hundreds of interpreters that helped everyone understand about the Messiah to come.

When the time finally arrived, the people had been whipped into a frenzy of misunderstanding about the Messiah.  They took nobility to mean a palatial birth moment.  They took power to mean kicking out oppressors.  They took it all wrong.  Jesus was born in the lowliest of places to a young poor couple witnessed by the under-belly of society.  The shepherds were the first on the scene at God’s request.  These were the scum of the earth people.  No one liked them but knew they were a necessary part of culture.

What is interesting is that when Jesus began expressing who He was to His followers one of the descriptors centered around shepherds.  He called Himself the Great Shepherd.  Jesus was not known for His marketing.  He did things differently.  No one, I mean NO ONE, associated with shepherds.  To call Himself one would have, seemingly, brought shame and reproach onto His ministry.  Yet, He did not care.  He wanted the highest to lowest parts of society to know His love and care and compassion.

God was willing to get into our skin and walk around.  He had every right to judge.  He has the holiness and majesty to pull it off.  Yet, God desires none to be away from Him, but for all to be with Him for eternity.  So, Jesus came as the God-Man.  He walked around.  He ate, laughed, cried, and died.  The big difference is that He rose from the dead.  He created us.  He loves us.  He knows us.  He gets us.  He saves us.

Don’t Talk to Strangers

In Chrisian Life, Leadership, Parenting on December 23, 2013 at 7:00 am

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These words remind us of the importance of teaching our children some of the dangers as they venture out into the world.  We were new parents with our oldest in a Super Wal-Mart when it happened.  We looked down and he wasn’t there.  He had been so desperate and independent that he wanted to walk.  Well, walk he did.  We were absolutely panicked!!  We tore through the surrounding aisles looking for our son.  We called, nearly screamed, to get him to answer us.  We turned a corner and there he was just standing there like nothing had happened.  Our hearts slowed, finally, and the adrenalin stopped surging.  We were scared that someone had taken him.  He was so engaging and trusting.  We have, ever since, spoken to him about not going anywhere with a stranger.

Good and Bad Strangers

According to this website, there are good and bad strangers.

First and foremost, children need to understand what you mean by stranger.

Not all people unknown to them are necessarily dangerous – they need to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” strangers; an overly simplistic dichotomy, but one that puts the issue in terms a child can understand.

This is important so children understand where and to whom to turn if they are ever lost or feel scared, threatened, or if they think someone may be following them.

Examples of “good” strangers may include police officers, security guards, teachers, store clerks, etc. These are all examples of people to turn to if when your child needs help.

On the other hand, in many situations where your child may be approached by a “bad” stranger – the park, residential street, etc – those easily identifiable people may not be around.

Your child should know that there really are many more “good” people, than “bad.”

If they are approached by a “bad” stranger who tries to lure or physically pull them away, the best thing they can do is get the attention of other adults – whether that is by running to the nearest home, or making enough noise to be heard by someone, the vast majority of adults will help a child in danger.

The Church is Getting Carried Away

We have bemoaned for a decade that the numbers in church are dropping.  We have warred over worship, attire, and atmosphere.  Honestly, we have lost people over that too, but we will discuss it later. Preachers have spoken on the sins of sports, activities, and leisure obsessions.  People are leaving.  Families are falling apart. Marriages are dying.

Why?

Because no one has expressed to them what is really happening.  We seem to want to fight a physical battle in a spiritual war.  Those among you are being carted away by strangers. Look at this statement by Jesus,

“I assure you: Anyone who doesn’t enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.     The one who enters by the door is the shepherd   of the sheep.     The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.  They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t recognize the voice of strangers.”

We must teach people the difference between good and bad strangers in their lives.  The good will try to help you without pulling you away.  We find a plethora of self-help self-talk books and blogs.  We can find any group we need for whatever ails us.  However, if that group or gathering pulls you away from God or the local church in which God has placed you then you must be on alert.  The good stranger may be that blogger or author who help you in your time of need/crisis but push you back to where you belong.  The bad strangers will pull you away from service and worship to do other things.  Those strangers will be dressed right and have smiles on their faces but have nothing good for you.

Something to Consider

As we evaluate for the New Year and make decisions, sometimes rash ones, let us consider what is pulling us away from time spent with God and other believers.  What is pulling you away from the local body God has for you?  Why is a dialogue with God not happening?  What is pulling you away?  On the other hand, what or who have you been ignoring that is pushing you back to relational development with God and fellow believers?  Engage them.  Listen to them.  Go with them.

Black Friday

In Evangelism, Life and Culture on November 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

Today is the day when crazed people who have pitched their tents outside of their favorite store will receive the best deals.  Today is the day when those who can shove the hardest, sift the fastest, and move the swiftest will acquire all 22 family members gifts by lunch!  The Army, whose motto has been that they do more before breakfast than most people do all day, has nothing on Black Friday shoppers!

How did all of this start? (Full Article)

For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping –even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off except those working in retail.

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet. (1)

As many of us shop this day in stores or online, let us remember another black Friday long, long ago.

Jesus had been up all night in court.  He was slapped, mocked, spat on, whipped, and abused.  Now He was hanging on a cross with two thieves. This action was being carried out by the Romans, but was initiated by God.  Our lives are in the red.  We are losing and have no way of gaining a profit on our own.  Instead of the business closing, our lives are on the line.  If we die with our spiritual account in the red we will eternally be absent from God in a place called Hell.  However, God, loving us like He does, provided a way for us to come back into the black and have our debt removed.  Jesus died.  he was buried.  He rose again on Sunday providing for our needs in a way we never could. (Start reading here.)

As you shop for those gifts, remember the greatest gift given.

As you help retailers find their way back to black, remember that God has provided a way for you also.  May Black Friday remind us of our spiritual need before God.

Are you “in the black” with God?

Dress Barn Refugees

In Life and Culture on November 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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From all corners of America  and even the world, these refugees find themselves huddled together.  The mass is filled with all kinds: tall, short, fat, slim, hairy, bald, bearded, smooth, old, young, and more.  This group is a microcosm of the world at large.  There is just one glaring fact that you cannot get beyond.  There is one thing that raises a concern.

They are all men.

These men and some boys randomly walk through tool shops and sit on benches like zombies waiting for the women in their lives to finish at Dress Barn.  They show their man card at the door and walk down the street to Tool Town, Black & Decker, or Bass Pro.  Here they feel more comfortable.  Power tools, fishing rods, guns, ammo, and camo feels like home.  They are aliens and strangers in that other land. This reminds me of a verse.

Dear friends, I warn you as temporary residents and
foreigners keep away from worldly desires
that wage war against your very souls.
–1 Peter 2:11

These men feel, naturally, like followers of Christ ought to feel in this world.  These men feel a little uncomfortable.  Even those who will stay and help carry stuff and nod approvingly still would prefer to be somewhere else.  Whether they admit this or not is irrelevant.  There is discomfort because they are in a place where they are thinking of being someplace else.  They are the Dress Barn Refugees.

As followers of Christ we should feel uncomfortable in this world.  There should be a feeling of awkwardness.  There should be a feeling of discomfort.  We are aliens and strangers in this world.  We can dream of being someplace else.  We can desire to move on.  We can learn to deal with our surroundings and be helpful.  However, this is not our spot.  We are just refugees waiting to go home.  Please be careful to not get sucked in to spaces and situations that will harm you, embarrass you, or kill your integrity.  You will not be treated fairly here.  You will not be fully accepted here.  Remember that this is temporary.

Being a refugee is not always fun or inviting.  This status describes us but does have to define us.  Work hard.  Be kind.  We will soon go home.

Credo Christia

In Life and Culture on November 5, 2013 at 11:29 am

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The Soldier’s Creed was updated in 2003 to read as follows:

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

 

When considering the journey we have with Jesus as a follower of Him, there are notable and significant similarities between the Soldier’s Creed and our life in Christ.  Consider this adjustment for Christianity:

I am a follower of Christ.

I am a soldier for Christ and a member of a local church.
I serve God and others and live the Biblical Ethic.

I place God in the center of my life.
I will not accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will not leave others behind.

I am a disciple, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my Christian gifts, ministries, and administrations.
I maintain my Bible reading, spiritual armor, and personal habits.
I am an expert and professional in what God has called me to do.
I am ready to go on mission, to share God’s love, and to tear down the walls of Satan.
I am a guardian of the Gospel and the Godly way of life.

I am a follower of Jesus.

Fly Me to the Moon

In Chrisian Life, Faith on October 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

I recently made a quick flight to Denver for a business.  As I approached the security checkpoint, I began the undressing.  I placed my wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses, tablet, belt, and shoes in the bins.  As I stood holding my pants up and trying to get through the checkpoint scan it dawned on me that I had given up all the valuable items simply to get on a plane.  I was trusting the security personnel to return all of my items.  However, they had the right at this point to keep whatever they wanted and throw away whatever they wanted.  Because I wanted to get on the plane, I was required to go through the necessary trust exercise of renouncing all my items, hoping I would get them back.  If I did not, what was I to do?  Probably grumble a bit but actually do nothing.

This was never more clear standing in the same line in Niamey, Niger.  In the US there is a certain element of trust.  However, after placing everything I held valuable on the belt, I was uneasy as to whether or not I would get it back!  Because I wanted to get on the plane, I was required to go through the necessary trust exercises of renouncing all my items, hoping I would get them back.  If I did not, what was I to do?  Probably grumble a bit but actually do nothing.

A few months after the birth of our son, my wife and I embarked on the journey to the national convention of our denomination.  This is an annual trip we have made for 15 years.  On this particular trip, we had never flown with a child of our own.  The new version of TSA was in effect and everyone was in that disgruntled mode.  My wife had our son in her arms and I had, well, I had everything else!  Just as I crossed over the “line” she was “randomly selected” for a private moment.  Not thinking anything about it she went to hand  our son over the line to me.  He was all giggles and reaching out.  Security must have thought the child was a danger to national security the way they moved in to disallow the passing of the child.  At that moment, security had my wife and my child and I couldn’t even stand there!  I was ushered down the Jetway.  Those standing around were booing and hissing at the TSA agents.  I just knew a riot was going to break out!  However, because I wanted to get on the plane, I was required to go through the necessary trust exercises of renouncing all my items, hoping I would get them back.

These three stories help us understand what is recorded by Luke,

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.  Luke 14:33

Every time we wish to fly we renounce, or say goodbye to all we have.  It doesn’t mean that we will never see it again.  Yet, I must be willing to part with it in order to get on the flight.  When you place your faith in Jesus Christ you have entered the terminal.  If you want to continue on the journey, you must be willing to say goodbye to all that you have.  To become a disciple requires you to go through a necessary trust exercise of renouncing it all, hoping you will get them back.  If not, you might grumble a bit, but the journey awaits and you don’t want to miss your flight.  You have the choice since one could purchase a ticket for a flight and never board because of an unwillingness to go through security.  The Gospel is not just about the moment of faith and salvation.  The Gospel is more.  The Gospel probes deeper.  The point is not to be a convert but a disciple.  The point is not to buy tickets, but to get on the flight!  The full Gospel not only calls you out on your sin and inability to control or dispense with said sin, but also to an exercise of trust.  It is not living in fear.  It is living in faith.  I trust that if Jesus thought enough of me to die in order to carry away my sin, then he can be trusted with my valuables in life.

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing forever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and I adore

In other words, please be true
In other words
In other words, I, love, you

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple…

In Church, Commitment on October 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

Do you remember that little rhyme?

It seems we have lost a few fingers these days!  All across America there is a decline in church attendance.  Conferences, seminars, podcasts, books, and more have been developed to help us overcome this problem.  We offer various styles and times.  We offer suits or sandals.  We offer serenity and sanctity.  However, the decline is still occurring.  Sure there are pockets of places where a church is growing wildly but a closer look would likely reveal that the local churches around are wildly declining too.  In total, there is still decline.

Jesus told the following story.

“A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”       — Luke 14:16-24

When you take a look at the reasons for people not coming to this event, they are oddly familiar.

1.  Each had good intentions but did not go.  The invitation went out in plenty of time.  Each of these mentioned  stated they would be there since the Master assumed their attendance.  These responders accepted the invitation and had every intention of going, but they did not.  Good intentions do not produce good results without better involvement.  Do you realize that you have a standing invitation to church every week?  Do you realize that by your faith in Christ you have already accepted the invitation to be a part of His church that gathers in a local building to praise and glorify God?  Do you get to Friday and Saturday with every good intention of getting to church but….just….don’t?

2.  Each had, seemingly, legitimate reasons.  When the servant arrived to tell them it is time each person had a reason for not going.  One had business/work that had to be done.  How often do we let work get in the way of gathering with God’s people where he planted you?  One had personal issues to deal with.  We often acquire possessions that wind up possessing us.  That boat, toy, or other item seems to scream for attention.  There will be other times.  The church will always be there.  Let’s go!  One had family reasons.  It amazes me how much a toddler can disrupt two grown, intelligent human beings!  When family comes to town, the time rolls around and we turn down the invitation.  The extended family didn’t want to go….  Do you think they will rob you blind if you’re gone?  Leave them in bed and get to church.

3.  None seemed to understand the lasting effects.  When children grow up and flake out of church and Christianity, parents by the dozen don’t understand.  I often hear, “I raised them in church.”  Did you?  Getting around to church once a month or so does not constitute raising them in church.  Dropping them off while you go shopping, napping, or getting high, does not count as raising them in church.  One chose what was more pressing.  One chose what was more convenient.  One chose what was more interesting.  Church attendance is not sacramental but it is certainly developmental.  The discipline of attendance is part of the cost of discipleship.  In addition, serving in the local church develops your spiritual life.  Each of these had something else to do and chose to do that other thing.  What other thing is Satan tempting you to do instead?

The best things in life are never free.  Studying the Bible with other believers is not always convenient or comfortable but it is necessary.  Worship with other believers is not always easy or your style , but it is necessary.  Jesus is building His church.  He’s been wondering where you have been.

Shooting Par

In Chrisian Life on October 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

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I enjoy playing golf.  I am not great at the game, but I like going out to the course.  In case you don’t know, golf uses its own language.  Every course will give you a number of strokes it should take to play every hole called par.  The object is to shoot par or even better with fewer strokes.  If it takes you one more stroke on a hole then it is a bogey.  If it takes you one less stroke on a hole then it is a birdie.  You get the idea!  Shooting par takes practice, lots of playing time, and much patience.  Here are 3 components to shooting par on the course and in life.

Position.  My son recently started playing golf and has received lessons from a local pro.  From the beginning, position was addressed.  Your position before the ball is of utmost importance.  From your feet placement to posture, everything must be in place in order to hit the ball properly.  To enjoy success you have to start with your position.  The same is true for the follower of Christ.  Our position before the Lord is the starting point for a successful round of life today.  Humility and dependence come to mind quickly.  When I think I know better or don’t need God, I am out of position.  My day will slice out of the fairway pretty quick!

Attitude.  Golf is an active game, but much of it is mental.  Each round of golf consists of 18 holes and, if you are me, about 83-86 shots.  For our mathletes out there, you recognize that I am taking 11-14 more shots than what the average course has a par standard.  A wayward drive or missed 3 foot putt all have the same effect on the score card.  If I let one bad shot ruin me then I will find myself shooting 95-100.  After a bad shot, I have to put it out of my mind.  If I dwell on that moment I will not have focus on the next shot.  Life is the same.  Some days are just bad days because of the evil that surrounds us.  Don’t let one bad choice ruin you for the day, week, or month.  Forget what is behind and focus on what is ahead of you.

Responsibility.  One of the nuances of the game is taking care of the course as a player.  If my shot creates a divot on the green, the responsible action is to fix it.  If my wedge shot takes up too much grass I can pick up the piece and tap it back down.  Not every golfer will do this and it affects others playing behind them.  In essence, as you play think of those who are coming behind you.  This type of consideration transfers naturally to the follower of Christ.  We are to be taking responsible actions in consideration of those coming behind us.

On the golf course, I have recorded par on holes, but never the whole course.  I find that a round of golf is a lot like life in that regard.  Some holes are birdies or pars, while others are bogies or worse.  Record your score.  Remember that every tee box is like every new morning that God’s mercies are new.

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
(Lamentations 3:23)

Seeing Eye to Eye

In Leadership, Life and Culture on October 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

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I recently went to a new optometrist.  My prescription was out and I as dangerously close to no more contacts!  We do the dance of medical history and other forms before I am ushered for the “pre-exam” exam.  After I recite the letters that are on the wall, I wait for the doctor.  She comes in and we begin the exam involving the 1 or 2, 1 or 2, 1 or 2, 1 or 2.  When we are done she explains that my eyes have a different prescription, which I already knew.  For the sake of economy, however, she told me that my eyes were close enough I could use the same prescription on both eyes.

Though there were differences, unity was possible.  The same is true in our families, jobs, and churches.  There might be many differences, when we focus on the similarities we find unity.  This unity is what bonds us together in the good times and holds us together through the bad.

Unity was not forcing my eyes to be the same.  Unity was established through an outside source placed over my eyes.  In our organizations we often think unity means that everyone must be conformed to some internal standard.  This actually creates frustration.  We are different.  God created differences for a reason.  Unity is established when we focus on Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to overlay our groups like the contacts.  I use the same strength in both and, though different, I see just fine.

My eyes see 20/20.  Even though the strength in one eye is a little less than the machine said I needed, God created our eyes to be dynamic.  So, they adjust themselves to the contact and I see just fine.  Your organization will have greater vision, dynamic vision, if we will allow the Spirit to do His work.  God created us to be dynamic.  We can adjust.  In fact, we will adjust naturally.  Our vision will become clear as individuals and as a group because we will be conforming to the external device of God.

I am glad the doctor had done the research and understood this opportunity.  I am able to buy contacts in bulk because it does not matter which eye it is.  I am saving money, seeing better, and staying happy.  When we do the same with God’s Spirit that will be true for you and your organization as well.

4 Steps to Peace in Your Church

In Church on September 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

peacelovejesusThe life of any church is never hidden.  If your church is loving each other in tremendous ways it has a way of getting out and flowing into the community.  If your church is divided and fighting that, too, has a way of getting out to the community.  It never ceases to amaze me when people ask me about specific things that happened at church.  How do you know?  Who told you?  Let’s face it, we all want to be that church everyone wants to attend.  We want our small group to have more.  We want our church to be witnessing lives being transformed.  We want to see the lost saved.  Most churches I know are not seeing this happen.

The church is designed to draw people together under Jesus.  What often happens is that church people divide up into factions and fight over things that do not matter in the bigger picture.  Seating options, floor coverings, wall colors, stage options, music styles, preachers, versions of Scripture, and more become points of contention.  In these battles, just like any war, people get hurt.  In addition, the reputation of your church gets hurt.

How can your church have peace again?  How can your church see the power of God again?

Arguments and fights will come to an end, if you chase away those who insult others.  Proverbs 22:10

Before you start cleansing your rolls, take a minute and finish the article.  The method you choose makes the difference.  Running people off is not the answer.  Which group is the right group, or wrong group?  See what I mean?  My family has several barn cats and a stray that showed up one day.  The stray has a way of pushing the babies away from the food.  This makes the mother cat angry.  When I go out to feed the cats, I shoo away the cat who causes the trouble.  I could have shot the cat, but did not. (We often do this in churches.)  I could have driven the cat away permanently.  (We misinterpret this verse in this way too often.)  Instead, I still feed the cat, just later.  Priority is given to those who are in the family.  When the meaner cat decides to act right then he can eat at the same time.

If your church has people who are creating arguments, causing problems, casting doubt and darkness over people, then it will not take long for division and disruption to settle in.  If your church is in the middle of these troubles, here are steps to bring about peace.

Find the Core
Every church has layers of people.  The ones at the center are where you start.  Look for people who are at everything and are spiritually developing.  Bring those people together.  Begin praying together for the unity of movement in the church.

Gorilla Glue Them With Love
Strengthen their relationship with each other like that mother cat and her babies.  Create a bond that none wish to break because it is held together by love for each other.  Lead them to take interest in each other.  Have them spend time together.  Once the bond is set by love, it is much harder to break.

Birds of a Feather
This group now has a lifestyle and bond that is attractive.  Their love, joy, peace, and other fruits of the Spirit will become evident to others.  There is an instinct God wired us with that wants to be in a group that loves and protects its own.  Our culture teaches division, but God wired us for relation.  What once was a minority (in number) will start to grow.  Others will naturally want to be a part and take part in this type of community.

Sit Back and Watch
Now that this small group is growing in love, unity, and size watch what happens next.  First, when that argumentative approaches one of the new group like they did before, they will be shooed away.  Once we get a taste of real church family life we do not want to return like a dog to its vomit.  The instigator will be stopped short and told what he/she is trying to do is unacceptable.  The problem person will then have a choice to make.  They can either join this group who truly wants redemption of this relationship or they can find someplace else to go.  Either way, the group has pure motives and leaves the decision to the problem person.  Second, the unified group will continue to grow.  Soon the problem will become insignificant and out-numbered.  It will either adjust to the new reality, remain quiet, or leave.

Not everything has to be a blow up, church split, or fist fights.  There are ways to bring about peace through properly applied spiritual pressure.  Instead of going head on into the other person, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  Let God do the heavy lifting and enjoy the pleasures of peace, love, and Jesus.

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