As most readers of my blog are aware, there has been a serious dust-up in the manosphere as of late. I hadn’t involved myself before because I couldn’t see how my intervention would have made the situation any better. If anything, it would have probably made matters worse.
However, Deep Strength, in his post Unity, has pointed out that as Christians we (or rather, I) shouldn’t have been concerned with who was right or wrong. Rather, what we (I) should have been doing was urging repentance and reconciliation. This is because we are all, as Christians, supposed to be united as one body in Christ. As part of one body we must maintain unity and peace among ourselves.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Dissension and division have no place amongst us. Now, if most of those involved weren’t Christians this wouldn’t be an issue. But nearly everyone involved at least professes to be a Christian. And unfortunately many involved have not followed the precepts that the Apostle Paul has outlined for us.
Deep Strength’s post already encapsulates most of what needs to be said. So I will keep the rest of this short and to the point. I urge everyone involved to stop what they are doing, and to look inside themselves. Search your heart, and delve into your soul. Ask yourself if you have acted as Christ would have acted. Are you motivated by love, or something else? Then ponder on this:
25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- For those who have done wrong to others, I urge you to seek forgiveness from those you have wronged.
- For those who have been wronged, I urge you to forgive those who wronged you that seek your forgiveness.
- For those who have neither wronged nor been wronged, I urge you to pray for reconciliation and peace among your brothers and sister in Christ.
Lastly, keep in mind the words of our Savior:
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”