Handling Disagreement with Grace

By: Brad Rogers

As a Christian, I think we who claim Christ as our Lord sometimes can get in our heads the very false notion that those of us who follow Jesus should never have differences with one another.  As if somehow Jesus promised us, that if we follow him, we would not ever sin against each other again, and we would all think the same way about everything.  The former won’t end until heaven and the latter would make us all boring people who never really grow.  I have oversimplified things with only these two possibilities, but Christians clearly will have strong differences with one another in this life just like everyone else.  So how do we maintain the deep and abiding unity God calls us to as Christians in the midst of our disagreements?  John Piper, while pastoring a large church, gave advice to his staff that displays the knowledge of a biblical scholar as well as the wisdom of a grace-filled, seasoned pastor as he humbly shares key principles to guide them in the midst of differences. Much of the wisdom he shares with his staff linked here is surely helpful both inside and outside the walls of the church. Read the article here.