Agree to Disagree

Amos 3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

We have all been at odds with someone enough to either part over the issue or agree to disagree.

We have differences of opinion, true; but some are so opinionated and sharp in their disagreement, that I cannot take their side on the matter. Whenever that time comes, I must make a decision – can I still remain in their company or be associated with them in spite of our obvious disagreement?

Some may be so determined in their belief that they are unwilling to accept a contrary opinion, or to think differently about a matter. The things we fight over… money, culture, race, religion, conservative or liberal, justice or injustice, preferences and prejudices.

We can even become so minute in the detail of our disagreement – the length of a person’s hair or a woman’s dress, facial hair or clean-shaven, white shirts or colored, wing tips or slip ons; it is almost comical if it weren’t for the fact that God’s people have split churches over these things!

But I began thinking; “Have I ever done that with God?”

Have I disagreed with a commandment, a principle, a truth that is clearly biblical, yet, for some reason, I do not or cannot agree with God? Have I thought that that truth or command is for others, but not for me to obey? Have I applied special circumstances or played the victim card with God? Have I made excuses as to why I cannot do or believe a certain thing?

To compromise is something I do not think God will do. Yes, God is longsuffering with me when I do not readily turn or obey, but if the direction of my heart is not turning toward repentance, correction will come.

Compromise means that I am giving in to a portion of your belief in the hopes you will take a step toward mine. Concessions are made to keep an amicable relation with the other person. God, who is truth, not just in possession of it, wants me to see things His way. I believe He will not concede to have it any other way.

We may cite examples of what seems like God’s lack of judgment; but we often mistake His longsuffering for His lack of justice, or mistake it for His compromise. In my relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have some axioms that I use to help me understand Him more:

God is always right – even when I do not understand or agree.

Romans 3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

God may allow things that I do not perceive as good.

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

There are no trials I face in this life that God will not see me through.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

God will always be with me until I am in His presence.

Hebrews 13:5 “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Once I am saved, I can never lose my eternal place in Heaven.

John 10:27-29My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

There are many others that fit all types of situations and circumstances, but I think you get the idea. Each must have a biblical truth at its core or it does not or will not line up with what God wants for me.

Often, our selfishness rises to justify our wants as needs in the face of simple obedience Obedience is not always convenient or easy. It often flies in the face of our exeperience and when faced with a choice, we cry to God to do what we want.

We must choose whether or not we will allow our thoughts to be influenced by God to change or stay in opposition, asking God to come to our way of thinking.

Again, God is always right. I must deal with the fact that I can and will be wrong.

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