By David Lipscomb
Division in the churches is
painful. It wrings the heart with anguish. But God asked,
"Can two walk together except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3).
This is a strong declaration that they cannot. It is true as
applied to both God and man. Can you walk with God unless
you agree with Him? He claims to be the Lord, the only Ruler
of the universe. Can you walk with Him while you insist on
making laws and changing His order? It also applied to man.
Can two walk together when one insists on going another way?
Often, those we love must force us
to the choice as to whether we will cling to God or go with
them. If we love God better than we love them, we will cling
to God and His ways. If division must come, let it come
along the lines of love and loyalty to God. If we separate
from others and do not walk with God, another separation
must come. Separation after separation must come until the
lines of cleavage run with the line of loyalty to God. Until
division along this line is reached, divisions must continue
and multiply. As soon as, and not until, divisions along
this line is reached, the union with God and those true to
Him will be permanent.
God is directing these things and
does all things well. All we have to do is to stand true and
firm to God and His word all along the line, and leave
results with Him. We can do nothing else. We are poor and
foolish and weak; God is wise and strong. Our only hope is
to walk with and be true to God in all things. "For there
must be also heresies (divisions) among you, that they which
are approved may be made manifest among you" (1 Corinthians
11:19). Divisions must come until we are all willing to be
led by God.
- Via the weekly bulletin of the Coldwater church of Christ
in Coldwater, MS. Clifton Angel serves as their preacher and
he may be contacted through that congregation's website: