No one likes conflict. Often we avoid it. Maybe we go the other way or we accept another’s idea. Maybe we simply choose to not be involved or we remain silent. Yet God calls us to stand against injustice, oppression, and all things evil. He calls us to always do what is right. In making these choices we can find ourselves in conflict.
John the Baptist found great conflict at the end of his life. He spoke out against Herod marrying his own brother’s wife. This angered her greatly. It led to John’s arrest and eventually to his beheading. John’s integrity would not allow him to remain silent. John’s cost was much higher than any cost I may have to pay for following Jesus, but at times there are still costs.
Living as a follower of Jesus will at times put me in a place where I have to choose between silence and integrity. This can be a hard choice. When I am led by the Holy Spirit to speak and I choose to remain silent, I am less than I could be. I am less than I am called to be. In silence I sacrifice part of myself and my faith to avoid conflict.
But when I allow the Spirit to lead and I speak out against injustice or oppression or anything wrong or evil, then I am showing God’s ways and bringing His name honor. When I speak hard words of truth to a friend, I am leading them back to living God’s alternative way. In turn, I trust they will do the same when I have gone astray or made a poor choice. Conflict is never easy, But God is always present, there to strengthen, to encourage, to lead, to comfort, and to love.
Scripture reference: Mark 6: 14-29