Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

I recall an old Beetle Bailey comic strip that detailed well how a group of people might become so disjointed as to be totally out of sync. The comic drew a troop truck carrying a load of soldiers. They were all standing up in the back. They were looking for the enemy soldiers. Sarge asked which way they had gone.

The next picture showed every solder in the truck pointing in a different direction. There was no unity in that truck. No two soldiers were pointing in the same direction. And, each one thought he had the right answer.

I have lived that scenario many times with my family through the years. When I asked where everyone wanted to go to eat, 5 people wanted 5 different places. Maybe your family had a hard time agreeing on a movie to see or a vacation spot to go. These are minor moments of disunity. Sadly, major moments of disunity occur in the same way.

Families that are not all pulling in the same way will be ripped apart by the pressure of the pulling. It can happen on an individual basis when one member of the family decides that he or she will pursue a path that is detrimental to the rest of the family’s goals. It can happen on a family level where there is so much discord that the family becomes dysfunctional.

The wise man wrote in the long ago, “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city and contentions are like the bars of a castle.” (Proverbs 18:19) Contentions and strife in a home create barriers between the individuals in that home. Furthermore, how do you think this affects the image of the church in the minds of the neighbors and friends who know about the disunity and fighting on the home front?