“But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.” Titus 3:9
As Paul brings his letter to Titus to an end he gives him some practical advice. This advice is avoid foolish arguments and controversies.
People love to debate things. Many people are “experts” in many things. Watch a football game and you will hear many armchair coaches state how things should have been done. Listen to anything in politics and every person knows how the president should do things.
Once something happens, people will debate for hours on what should have happened or how it should have happened. Often these debates end up in an endless circle or disagreement. At times it will break up friendships with people. At a minimum, most of the time it serves as no real purpose. It does not help or hurt the situation, because no real change has occurred. They become a waste of time.
Inside the church, there also comes various debates and arguments that tend to be a waste of time. Simple debates of whether Jonah was swallowed by a whale or a big fish, to complex arguments about whether to speak in tongues or not. Other arguments deal with how a church is set up, who is the leader, what songs to sing, and the list goes on and on.
What these arguments and debates do is bring separation and division. There is no unity when they occur. There are some things that are concrete and you must take a hard stand for or against. There are many things that are not so concrete and there must be allowed an opinion of difference.
God is one God and wants all believers to be in unity. Is there unity with you and those you are with?
Or is there constant debate and arguments?
Where is your time being spent? On building God’s kingdom? Or in getting your way?
I pray today that God will reveal what is important and what is not important; that God will help you live in unity with all believers; that you will use your time wisely for God; and that you will build up, not tear down God’s kingdom.