One of the most disheartening reports from any war are injuries from friendly fire. Time and time again we hear about brothers in arms hurting and sometimes killing each other. In war it must be a horrible feeling to find out you have wounded one of your own team.
In many Churches, it is not so obvious.
The truth is that some of us spend so much time sniping at each other but because the wounds are not physical we feel little remorse. The desire to be right is far more appealing than the desire to be humble. Debates about doctrine draw us in to present our own opinion above all others, including the Bible. I wonder how much richer our lives would be if we invested that time in the promotion of the gospel of Christ rather than our own perverted gospels?
At the end of the day Christians are all on the same page, or at the very least the same book. Perhaps if we realised we all look out from that book in slightly different directions, and that that is something to be celebrated rather than feared, we could get on with our mission more effectively.
Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”