Pr. 20:3: “It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.”
It’s interesting how many things can become the focus of a quarrel within the church. Is it best if the communion flowers are red (like the color of blood) or white (the color of purity)? Should the music be contemporary or traditional? Is it appropriate for a Pastor to lock himself away with God for an entire day or should he be the one visiting all the sick?
Most of us have heard the phrase, “Pick your battles.” This holds true even within the church.
Is it the most important thing that the color of the carpet is exactly right or that the name of Jesus is being spoken from the pulpit? Is it more important that the order of service not be disrupted than that a hurting brother or sister is being ministered to? Are the political, attire, or translation choices more of an issue than the fact that the saving Word of God is being shared with the lost?
It’s amazing how quickly we can become distracted. Things that have no eternal value become the focus of our lives and can cause quarrels and divisions.
Solomon reminds us that anyone can start a quarrel, but being the one who drops out of or doesn’t join the fight is honorable. Pride can sometimes cause us to not want to give up or give in, but honor seems a much better thing to earn than the “win” of a meaningless battle.
Let’s stop striving about things that won’t matter in the end, and start focusing on the job at hand. There are people dying around us while we’re busy arguing about carpet and musical choices. Why would anyone want to serve a God that cares more about the carpet than He does about them?
We were called to preach the gospel and to baptize. Demonstrating the love, peace, and honor that comes from serving the Great I AM is the way to start.
Let’s fight for things that matter…the souls of those around us! And leave the rest to the fools.