March 10, 2008

Divisiveness revisited

I found an interesting quote today that addresses the topic of divisiveness that I mentioned a few weeks ago when I asked "Why be divisive?" I think the whole issue involves a balance and we must determine where the fulcrum will be placed to maintain a proper balance of getting along with those we disagree with and standing in opposition to untruths and poor character.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
    – Winston Churchill

Many "virtues" have arisen over time—things that society has advanced, promoted, and eventually recognized as virtues—but these virtues are not virtues according to scripture. The get-along-at-any-cost virtue takes its seat next to the diversity-is-best virtue and the greed-is-good virtue. These are seen as virtues by our society, but I do not see scripture promoting these concepts.

While we are told to live peacably with all men in as much as it is possible to do so, we are not told to live peacably by turning our backs on our convictions and by keeping our thoughts to ourselves. As with all of life, we must live in a delicate balance, speaking our opposition to things that are wrong, but doing so in a gentle and respectful manner so that we may maintain unity in Christ.

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