Is Your Filter Broken?

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:24-25).

FilterUNITY.  Many times in the New Testament, just like in this chapter in Mark, we see “religious” people try to stir up trouble.  In verses 1-6, they watched Jesus to see if he would heal a man on the Sabbath, only to use it against him later.  In verse 21, Jesus’ own family calls him crazy.  Then in verse 22, the religious scribes said that He was possessed by the devil.  Intentional or not, they were causing disunity in believers.  And disunity eventually leads to doubts about God.

Lately, there seems to be more and more heated discussions about “religious” perspectives on issues, especially online where relationships, intentions, and tones can be misunderstood.  I think this is just what the enemy wants…to create disunity.  We are called to love God and love people.  That’s it.  Simple.  And all these heated debates are ruining relationships with each other, and relationships with God.

Satan, knows just how essential quality friendships can be to our relationship with Christ.  And he strategically attacks them.  In 1 Peter 5:8, it says to “be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  We cannot stand against his evil schemes when we do not stand together.  Matthew 18:20 says, “for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  So, whether that together is our spouse, our friend, our family, our coworkers, or our church; maintaining unity is an important weapon against the enemy.

Please stop arguing with the internet, it’s not helping, it’s killing relationships.  Or at least take a moment to double check your filter.  Better yet, have conversations with people face to face, where body language can be read, tone can be heard, and both sides can be understood.

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