You awake and sense a room of bright sunlight. You lie in bed for a few more minutes as sleep releases its hold on you and then slowly open your eyes. Only thing is…you can’t see.
Well you can’t “see straight,” that is, because your eyes haven’t synced.
You have a spell of double vision, and it literally feels like your eyes are in knots. But the longer you look, you watch as two visions become one.
Are You Serious?!
How do you respond to people with different opinions? Moreover, how do you respond to Christians with different viewpoints?
I’ve witnessed people become angry and accuse others of being deliberately ignorant, even passive aggressive, because their rightful opinion was different. I too have been scorned for holding opinions contrary to common religious belief.
I enjoy debate but I approach it with an open mind. Often the points are secondary because I also care to hear the person and understand their reasoning and what shapes their viewpoint. Sometimes we must agree to disagree and realize that there may be growth to be had for all parties.
The Example of Aquila and Priscilla
We’re all at different places on our journey, and sometimes to have fellowship we must slow down and wait for others. Take Apollos as an example:
“Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately” (Acts 18:24-26).
Apollos goes on to be a great help to Paul’s mission. It’s clear that he was gifted by God and devoted to ministry.
What would’ve been the need to let, in this case, Apollos’ knowledge gaps become a divisive issue? His lack wasn’t so serious that minor tweaking couldn’t help him; and if he really had the spirit of Christ, he would gladly receive correction. Only ministry could have suffered due to division.
We appreciate the example of Aquila and Priscilla. Sometimes people do hold less-than-stellar notions, yet they’re in a growth process, just as we are. We shouldn’t cast them away, or ridicule them; instead, we ought to avail ourselves to them. Such is an act of maturity and even spiritual discipline.
God might be trying to teach us something, too.
So love them. Appreciate them. And pray for them…until they can “see straight.”