Agree to … Agree

by Stan Mitchell
twowomen.jpg“I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord,” (Philippians 4:2).
The following is a rather stunning description of a president elect. “He was a barbarian, Scythian, yahoo, a gorilla in respect of outward polish…” (George Templeton Strong).
Who was this uncouth individual? Was he a terrorist, or savage? Perhaps he was a buffoon, incapable of holding down any responsible job?
He was Abraham Lincoln, a man most acknowledge to have been reasonably good at what he did. Mr. Strong’s criticisms were colored somewhat by the fact that he was a political adversary.
Paul urges two otherwise unknown women to get along with each other. Apparently, they were both valued and involved members of the church in Philippi, but they had disagreed with each other. What had happened? A miscommunication? Hypersensitivity? A careless word?
Is it possible for two people to disagree, and for both to be good people, with good intentions? It’s easy to demonize someone who disagrees with us. In politics and in church it’s easy to see our motives to be as pure as the driven snow, and the motives of our detractors as blacker than Lincoln’s top hat. But deep down we know better. Both women worked for the good of a church family; he urged them to agree with each other “in the Lord.” When the cause is sufficient, it is worth the agreement.

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