Read Proverbs 29:22
22 An angry person starts fights;
a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin. (NLT)
Let’s be clear on the fact that followers of Jesus live in a world which in general does not honour Jesus and so we are properly engaged in spiritual warfare. We are called to stand up for the teachings of Jesus and for godly living. We can expect opposition.
And yet—it is troubling to meet Christians who seem to thrive on this warfare, who are constantly spying out enemies, who are adopting dubious tactics to win what they figure are crucial battles. Are all battles worth fighting? Is the price of victory too steep? Do the means justify the ends?
There is something disturbing about disciples getting angry at those who think differently. Something disturbing about those who see the world as a grim and twisted place without recognising the common grace of God at work in the world. Something disturbing about those who are so focussed on the wrongness of their adversaries that they downplay the beauty and coherence of the teachings of Jesus.
Let’s be those who stand up for Jesus with grace and truth. Let’s not be known as those who are perpetually angry, forever fighting, always suspicious. Let’s be known more for our love of truth than our hatred of error.