Take a look around you. Look at the members of the congregation where you attend; take notice of the varied ways of thinking you hear every now and again. Some of those you hear, you agree with, but other not. Not only do you not agree, but you strongly disagree, and even wonder how any can think that way. Be reminded, though, that as you think this about them, they think this about you.
Perhaps, you both are correct.
How do you bridge the significant gap between the two ways of thinking? For certain, it can’t be done with any long-lasting effect by insisting your way is the only right way – even though you believe this strongly (no one willingly believes a lie). What if you tried to be a “moderate” between two ways of thinking, will that get you very far? Perhaps it will get you some time for a reprieve or gap-covering in the ways of thinking, but it is only a thinly covered gap. Given some turbulent experiences, both go to their respective corners and wrap their arms around that which they know.
There is really only one bridge for humanity to be utilizing. It was Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Think about what that means.
- He is the way. That means there is only one path to walk.
- He is the truth. That means there is only one right way of thinking, and it does not have its origin in any of us.
- He is the life. That means, that when physical life is over, what then? With the Lord’s way, there is the realm of eternity that is not measured by time.
How can you be a bridge? Begin by NOT thinking truth rests with you. Secondly, approach a person with the Lord’s “golden rule” (Matt. 7:12). Third, be a contributor to another’s struggle by offering options to consider, not giving answers. Fourth, perhaps most importantly, pattern your life after the life of Jesus. RT