I'm graduating college today. Well, as much as any one "graduates" in a school district that is still closed for the pandemic. One of the most important things I've learned over the past two years is to agree-to-disagree with others in my educational community. Sometimes I disagreed with classmates on trivial things. Did they matter? No, so it was easy to let it go while getting to know them. Other times, disagreements were more substantial. I'll never forget the professor who taught adamently against racism and in the same class said that "Mexicans like Impalas." Did I disagree with her blind hypocrisy? Absolutely. Was I ever going to change her? Never.
Yet, when it comes to matters of my faith community, the agree-to-disagree situation is more challenging. In Paul's letter to Timothy it's clear that he's not talking about trivial things; he's talking about important issues that believers were letting the devil use to "gain a foothold" in their spiritual walks, as Paul writes in Ephesians 4. Paul doesn't tell the leaders to argue with them until they realize the error of their ways. His instructions are to be gentle. To be kind. To be patient. To let the Holy Spirit do what the Holy Spirit does becuase only God would be able to let them see the truth.
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