How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! – Psalm 133:1
It seems, at least within my particular “flavor” of Christianity, that conflict is often preferred instead of peace. Some might even suggest that our disharmony is a distraction and barrier to growth. Perhaps this is true, but even if conflict should not be pursued, it also should not be avoided for the sake of a compromised truth or false peace.
The Body of Christ (in its local expression … i.e., churches) has always experienced some sort of internal conflict and to suggest the possibility that it could ever be different (prior to Christ’s return) is just empty romanticism. On the other hand, harmony should always be sought, even if we have to experience some dissonance to get there.
A friend recently tweeted that while we often talk AT each other, instead we need to be talking TO one another. I agree. How easy it is to blog our thoughts about another, but never engage the “other” in conversation or civil debate. While we will most certainly (at times) disagree, we must also certainly dwell together and seek to strike a clear note.
The world does not need our noise, but rather the hard-fought harmony that the noise eventually produces.
Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay. – Sallust