I’m Right – You’re Wrong – God Loses


A God Reflection on Cross Church

This is one of seven posts I am bringing back to the light of day from a former series of exploration I titled Cross-Church. You can find more of these posts at GodReflection.org under the heading Gary’s Reflections.

garyguarujaRight is always right.

Especially if it is my opinion, right becomes even “righter.”

What if my verbal opponent is wrong, but is certain—beyond a shadow of doubt—to be in the right?

What then?

I am a see it, taste it, touch it, believe it sort of a guy.  When I conclude something to be true, it moves quickly into the non-negotiable category.

That works fabulously, until I encounter an honest soul who does not agree with my conclusion.

What then?

God does not practice “bait and switch.” He is God of Truth. Truth is not relative. Truth does not change. Truth is eternal.

I must remember another facet of eternal truth. God is Peace. God is Unity. That too is truth.

In Galatians 5, I learn the consequence of disrupting peace and unity. For me to understand what the fruits of peace and joy are not, Scripture lists their opposites with these seven descriptors: hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, and factions. These are Satan’s poison gourds.

The list concludes with another truth: “Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

It is not a little thing to declare I am right—standing with truth—and treat a fellow believer in a way that salutes Satan’s poison gourds. In so doing have I not abandoned the truth of God?

Satan loves it when we follow his fallen nature. When I’m right, I know you are wrong. When you declare your rightness—that in fact you believe to be right—I still know I am right.

We argue by presenting our rightness.  Since neither of us will give ground to the other, we depart with cold feelings at best and suck the juice from Satan’s gourds at worst. The fellowship goes cold or breaks. In either case, God loses.

There is another way.

It sounds like I am backing away from truth. I am not.

If it sounds like I am trying to avoid drinking juice from Satan’s poison gourds, I am. I want to be in avoidance mode. I want to quit tasting his stash.

There is a way where I win, my opponent wins, and God wins. From a human perspective, it is a weak way out. Yet, it provides a solution to honest disagreement. Dare I even suggest it?

It is the cross.

Instead of looking for proof texts to aim in the direction of my opponent, I have a greater shot at reaching agreement if I look instead to the cross. For it is in the man on the cross I see humility, love, sacrifice, obedience, peace, forgiveness, patience, service, gentleness, and self-control.

He did that so that I can be in fellowship with him.

Is it possible to build a bridge over disagreement by reflecting love, humility, sacrifice, obedience, peace, forgiveness, patience, service, gentleness, and self-control toward the one with whom I am in disagreement?

By looking to the cross instead of to the disagreement, I win, you win, and God wins. We become friends in fellowship for eternity. Not a bad strategy.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Cross-Church.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

 

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About Dr. Gary Sorrells

From birth to death, I am God-wired. My body is not as energized as in earlier times, yet as my soul runs toward the finish line it carries a dream. I want to give glory to God by writing. Only now is the timing right to lean hard into this gift from God. For the first time in life, the totality of my God walk with family, the church, academic training, work experience, life scars, and accrued wisdom, provides value to share through the written word. It is as if all of the trails of life are crossing at this point. My formal education includes the B.A., M.A. and the Doctor of Ministry degrees in Bible from Abilene Christian University. Between 1980 and 2011, I worked with the Non-Profit entity, Great Cities Missions. I currently serve as Director Emeritus and as a member of the Board of Trustees. -Gary J Sorrells Gary@GodReflection.org

One thought on “I’m Right – You’re Wrong – God Loses

  1. This was a god send. I was just looking around google for a article or study to support a debate I was having on facebook when I found this post and it made me stop and pray. I had forgotten that sometimes it is better to walk away then to push the person further from God by showing them my need to win instead of love. Thank you for the timely reminder Gary.

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