Two Camps, One Captain
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”- Hebrews 2:10 (NKJV)
“We are on the SAME TEAM!” Early on in our marriage, this phrase was an important truth for me and Joanie, especially when we were trying to resolve an issue, having a disagreement, or reaching a big-time decision. In these chaotic days and this conflict-filled environment, we could all use such a reminder.
I am sure like me, you have seen tensions rising, communication breakdowns, and even strained relationships due to people choosing a side on a variety of issues/topics.
- COVID-19 has created a myriad of debates and disagreements.
- POLITICS/SOCIAL ISSUES have only become more explosive and divided.
- CHURCH AND FAITH have faced challenges and disagreements too.
In all this people are choosing sides and passionately pitching their tents. It is important to remember that for the people of God, we are a part of the same family and serve the same King. There may be TWO CAMPS when it comes to all of today’s issues, but there is only ONE CAPTAIN for all ETERNITY; the one we love, follow, and put our total faith and hope in.
When I say, “Two Camps, One Captain,” I am trying to remind us and call us to the fact that even when we have different OPINIONS, we ultimately want similar OUTCOMES. In 2 Corinthians 13:11, the apostle Paul exhorts us, “Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
1) When it comes to COVID-19 no matter our views, we all want this virus defeated and people saved from sickness, disease, and death!
2) When it comes to our NATION no matter our political affiliation, we all want our land to be blessed and stay true to what is right and good for all.
3) When it comes to the CHURCH no matter how and where it is currently meeting, we all want to be back together in-person (trust me I desire that as much as anyone else).
As we live in this world, may we never forget the family we are called into! Again, Paul provides a warning for us in 1 Corinthians 3:3, “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” It is time for us to choose the name of Jesus and choose love over all the things causing ungodly strife.