In Matthew 10:34-36, Jesus stated one of the unpleasant realities of the gospel.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (ESV)
Rather than bringing peace on earth and making everyone happy, sometimes the gospel brings division. Because some believe the message and others do not, lines get drawn, sides are chosen, and weapons are reached for.
These verses have been played out in our community in recent days.
A Christian organization wanted to start an after school Bible class at one of the local schools. According to the laws of the land, all school clubs have equal access to meeting space. So the principal said “Yes” and the club started meeting. Not surprisingly, some parents objected to having a “religious” group meeting at a public school. Rumors were started, complaints were filed, decisions were questioned, and bad feelings escalated.
As I have watched the drama from afar, I realized I was watching Jesus’ promise being lived out in real life. Sometimes the gospel divides because some choose not to believe.