Some of the Biola brothers and sisters were playing basketball in the gym and an argument broke out between a freshman brother and two junior brothers. There was a lot of pushing, shoving and cussing involved and so other brothers had to get involved to separate them.
After talking with the freshman brother, I asked someone if they had seen the other two junior brothers. The person told me, ‘They went to 7-11. Why?’.
I said, ‘I want to talk to them about what happened.’
And then he said something that bothered me, ‘yeah. i’m not sure if it’ll help. That’s just the way they are.’
Jesus met so many people that lived a certain lifestyle and had certain sinful attitudes/actions, but did He have the attitude of ‘well, that’s just the way they are so…eh’. NO, I don’t believe so! Prostitutes, pharisees, tax collectors, and many other types of people were changed by the love of Jesus Christ.
I didn’t know the brothers that were involved in this argument too, but this verse resonated in my heart that caused me to take action.
"4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” - Ephesians 4:1-6
As a brother in Christ, I have a responsibility to make ‘every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’. I couldn’t just laugh this off and let it slide.
Brother in Christ,