In this episode there was some "double agent" stuff happening, causing Donald Trump to ask Stephen if Christians believe it's okay to sabotage others in word or action. Baldwin's response was intriguing... paraphrased here, he said, "I can't speak for any Christian other than myself, and I believe a Christian should not... I would rather have less success and a better name than anything else... I think God is watching us all."
Can you imagine that? People who denominationally sit on different sides of the same tree - the Cross - realizing that level ground is possible when we choose to work together instead of sabotauge one another.
Yet in the midst of it we all confessed how easy it is to be suspicious of one another. I don't believe any of us actually are, but the temptation is always there... someone says they want to "network" and you find yourself thinking, "I'm not so sure about this. Is this dude 'legit' or 'too legit to quit?'" It's funny how often that has more to do with our own insecurities than with anything biblical.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133)
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
- When have you spent time desigining a thought or creating a symbol or provoking a scenario... so that everyone knows you're smarter/better/"righter" than "them?"
- How much energy did you spend this week thinking about how crazy someone else is?
- Did you have any imaginary conversations with someone... where you were winning?
- Have you recently tried to crush the head of another?
If you're speaking against people you won't take the time to personally sit down with, maybe we should take a cue from the above Scriptures. And if someone is speaking against you, do what I do and take a cue from this really good one, too.
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. (Song of Solomon 2:15)