What do you call someone who chooses to be civil even with those they don’t agree with? An adult. Conversely, what do you call someone who will be only be friendly and civil with those who agree with them? Childish.
One of the facets of being an adult is learning how to get along with those you don’t always agree with. Many of my ministry friends have different perspectives on Scripture, politics, and church. For the most part, I have found that I do not need to ‘de-friend’ these colleagues over these sorts of issues. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have strong opinions about these matters – opinions which I am happy to share where appropriate, even with those who disagree.
One of the most common areas I find myself disagreeing with others about regards how Scripture should be interpretted – particularly Bible Prophecy. I recently heard a Bible teacher claim that the election of Donald Trump as President was prophesied in the Book of Daniel. I disagree. Strongly.
I get frustrated that believers could even entertain such poor hermeneutics (Bible interpretation). But alas, it seems that Biblical speculation, especially Bible Prophecy speculation, is highly prized by most Christians. [Sigh] Yet, even with my friends who cherish such speculation I have learned to be civil and remain friends.
The audio below is a recent radio program I did on this subject –
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