It never ceases to amaze me how relevant and timely and alive the scriptures are. It doesn’t matter if you have read a passage a thousand times; you can come back to it the thousand and first time and be struck in a completely new way. That happened to me one morning last week as I was reading in Proverbs.
Given the words of the passage above and the violent tragedies around the globe that have found their way back to New York, this week one might think that it was the “shedding of innocent blood” line that spoke to me. But it wasn’t.
It wasn’t the “hands that shed innocent blood” or the “wicked plans” or the “evil feet”that struck me. It was the “one who sows discord in a family” part. As I read that passage it was as though “sows discord in a family” was in neon lights. According to this passage, God hates people who try to create conflict between other people. And it seems to me we have an awful lot of discord seeds being slung all over the place.
At times it can be hard to detect when discord is being sown, but I will give you a hint: if you are being given information from one person, and that information brings you into conflict against another person or group, discord is being sown. Now that doesn’t mean we cannot disagree with people or opinions. It doesn’t mean that we cannot protest or call people out when they are wrong. But if what you are hearing is causing you to see that other person or group of people as caricatures or devils or anything less than the image bearers of God they are, anything less than family, the seeds of discord are flying.
We cannot, we must not forget that we are all in this together. At the end of the day, people are people. We hold right and wrong opinions. We espouse all sorts of ideologies. We have all been on a journey to where we are, and even those whose journey have led them down the wrong path are able to be redeemed.
Search your hearts, friends. Do the hard work of separating the issues from the person. That is the only way we can overcome discord and find harmony. That is the only way we can escape becoming sowers of discord ourselves.
Doing my best to sow harmony,