As The Christian Post blog editor I have been observing how our bloggers and commenters interact. My least favorite thing to observe is arguments.
When I was a teenager, I would occassionally get into arguments with my sister. My dad pointed out that these arguments continued because each of us wanted to have the last word, as if that would make us the winner.
Participating in unproductive arguments is a waste of time. Do people see the love of Christ in us when we are arguing over petty issues?
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. - Titus 3:9 NASB
I am not against respectful debates over significant issues but sometimes it is better to sit out the debates. Instead pray for the person you disagree with.
Perhaps the best advice about dealing with our differences came from a Lutheran author during the Thirty Years War in Germany. Rupertus Meldenius published a tract in 1627 of which one sentence has become a well-known motto for Christian unity:
In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.
More importantly Jesus prayed for our unity.
I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. - John 17:23 NIV