The Harmony Formula

When the Bible emphasizes harmony there is an implicit suggestion that disharmony would be the norm otherwise. It’s an unfunny joke how often Christians get cross-threaded. Maybe Mormon churches, and Kingdom Hall’s, and Buddhist Temples, and cults in Texas struggle with unity too, but for some reason I don’t think it’s the same. There is something prodigious in our ability as Evangelicals to draw lines where the Bible doesn’t. Once the lines are drawn our aversion to grayness kicks in and we’re compelled to take a side. The next thing you know you’ve just started a denomination. To me the following formula seems to be the best way to cultivate mutual respect and harmony. The conscience governs preferences (Romans 14:23), the Scriptures govern doctrine, and the Holy Spirit governs attitude (Philippians 2:5, 4:2-3). This is the formula for harmony. If this governs behavior and is working properly the result is a stable Christian. Stable Christians bring harmony to the body. That kind of body is a place where unstable Christians have the examples they need to follow. Those unstable Christians gradually become the next generation of Godly examples. A virtuous cycle of maturity is the result.

One thought on “The Harmony Formula

  1. The issue of Christian liberty is a sensitive source of discord among many believers and “drawing lines where the Bible doesn’t” has fractured many churches and been the cause of numerous new denominations through the ages. The concept of Christian liberty seems simple enough and the teaching has crucial meaning in the age we live in.

    What is the modern equivalence to eating meat sacrificed to idols? I’m certain there are many but within the constraints of obedience to doctrine clearly derived from the Scriptures and a clear conscience, we should exercise our own liberty never destroying a Christian Brother’s walk with God.

    With the benefit of each of us foremost in our attitudes and ruled by the Spirit, an environment of harmony will unify us and allow for the fostering of Christian stability and maturity.

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