I am fully convinced that Satan uses the footholds of trivial occurrences to disunify the local church. A church that is not unified around the gospel is not a church on mission for the gospel. Before taking on the pastoral role at my church, I spent a year supply preaching in various small churches throughout the state.
Over the course of a year, I don’t believe there is another time in which there are as many Gospel symbols littered across our paths than Christmastime. Just today, as I left my house, I passed two Christmas trees topped with a bright and shining star, a few nativities scattered decoratively around the house, candy canes, and Christmas cards with wise men, shepherds and the manger prominently displayed.
Let’s go ahead and get it out on the table—we don’t really know how to handle the ongoing sin of others in our small groups, families or Christian communities. It’s awkward to have a discussion about someone else’s issues, especially when we know we’ve got at least one log (maybe even multiple) emanating from our eyes.