Christians don’t see eye-to-eye on many things, and sadly much of our contention is utterly toxic. (I’ve certainly participated in more than my fair share of debates and have given and received not-so-friendly-fire.)
Consider how we often go at each other:
“You would affirm Young Earth Creationism if only you trusted God.” Or, “You would know the earth is old if only you weren’t so stupid.”
“You don’t speak in tongues because you’re too busy worshiping your Bible.” Or, “Have you always enjoyed the gift of gibberish and its interpretation?”
“If you don’t believe in free-will then your God is the devil.” Or, “5 Point Calvinism is the Gospel. You can believe it or go to hell.”
“You’re not a Dispensationalist? Have you always been anti-Semitic?” Or, “You reject Postmillennialism. So tell us again why God’s a failure.”
“Don’t hate your children. Baptize them.” Or, “Baptism is for believers. It’s called ‘sola scriptura.’”
And on and on…
Naturally, most of us don’t say such things in so many words; but the divisions are obvious, shall we say, “for all the world” to see.
What to do?
Should we abandon our distinctives, pretend they don’t exist? Certainly not. But we should, nevertheless, try to keep our distinctives in perspective.
The point, rather, is in right humility to put those distinctives into proper theological and pastoral perspective, to not make any of them more theologically significant than they are, and to do everything possible to prevent them from serving as unnecessary obstacles to peace and unity. (Christian Smith, “The Bible Made Impossible,” p. 138)
Brothers and sisters, when Bible-believing Christians disagree, it’s not “us vs. them.” It’s really not.
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me (John 17:20-21).