Avoid Stupid Controversies
Titus 3:9 But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
Reflecting Christ is the priority of life and anything that becomes a distraction to that goal is simply that — a distraction. Becoming engaged in debates without considering the outcome is futile. The Lord doesn’t not ask us to labor in vain, but instead to focus our energies on his kingdom work. Chrysostom referred to these stupid controversies as “sowing upon a rock.” In other words, it will ultimately accomplish nothing so why waste your time. Instead, work in soil which will produce; spend your time and energy in places where it will make a difference.
Evidently not too much has changed since the first century. This may discourage us, or maybe it can be an encouragement to us because the admonition to the Christ-follower remains the same. There will always be controversies, quarrels about the law, and disagreements among people. These things don’t change and so why waste time in arguments when we can be actively engaged in kingdom business that is transformational.
The real work of the kingdom is rarely in what we say, but primarily in what we do.
Lord, please help me be engaged in what you are doing in this world today. Amen.