Stop Attacking One Another

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:14-15, ESV

 

There is a lot going on right now in our world. A disease continues to wreak havoc, coming and going in varying degrees for well over a year now, and people's nerves and reactions are beginning to fray a bit. As a result, many are taking sides, planting themselves in one opinion camp or the other and looking with suspicion and anger at anyone who believes differently. The flames of this division is being very skillfully fanned by politicians, the media, and even those in the business world. This should not surprise us because those who are hungry for power often seek to divide the people they would control in order to distract them from their true motives.

 

In speaking of this problem, Dr. Chris Martenson referred to an experiment that was conducted a number of years ago that involved rats, a metal cage, and electricity. Those who conducted the experiment placed a single rat in a metal cage and proceeded to shock the rat. At first, the rat would go crazy at each shock, but eventually got used to it. Then a second rat was placed in the same cage and the shocks began again.

 

Not surprisingly, the rats began to respond to the shocks by violently attacking one another, even to the point of killing the other rat if they could. Even though the other rat had nothing to do with the shocks being implemented, they attacked the only thing available, that only thing being the other rat. Stupid rats...

 

Do you see the point? Families, communities and sometimes even churches are being split apart now by a stupid disease and by smart people who are taking advantage of it. As a result, we have ceased to love our neighbors and are starting to bite and devour one another, even though they are not responsible for the shocks that are occurring. They simply have a different opinion as to how to address those shocks. Sadly though, the ones in the same cage as us (our neighbors) are receiving the brunt of our displeasure - even though they are not the ones who are responsible for the shocks.

 

I think we can all agree that it is a mess, but what can we do? Well, for a start, we can love our neighbor as ourselves. Then, maybe, we will stop consuming one another and can get on with the important task of serving our Lord and our Savior.

 

This week's readings come from II Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Among many other important lessons, they teach us how God wants us to treat one another.