Freedom is knowing your identity is found in Christ, who enables his followers to hold to what matters, and to let go of what does not. Freedom in Christ is quick to forgive, slow to speak, and slow to anger. And it is truly freeing to know that you don’t always need to be right. My precious, elderly aunt once told me that her marriage had lasted more than 60 years because she long ago gave up her right to be right.
When I began this article, I realized I could mention 20 or 30 things that Christians argue about. It seems that we’ve become more known for the disputes we engage in than for the love of Christ that unites us as one. The lines of divide are perhaps more drawn now than they have ever been, and with media of all kinds readily available, those lines are visible for the world to see. But the truth is, most of it does not matter.
Let me be clear, biblical interpretation is important, as are the choices we make and the way we represent Christ. I realize that Christians choose to adhere to certain traditions based on their understanding of God’s Word.
I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t have opinions or research the upcoming topics. I am saying that even if we are the most astute of Bible scholars with the most accurate interpretation of the Bible, much of what we argue about won’t matter when we stand face to face with our King. What will matter on that day are not the debates we won, but rather the love we shared through Jesus Christ.
Here are just a few examples of the things that we, as Christians, often argue about that won’t matter once we get to heaven.
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