Monday 27 January, 2014
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
All great leaders know that disagreements between those they lead, if not properly managed reduce productivity and increase disunity. At its worst, divisiveness and dissension is like a cancer in the body. This is why the military has always responded with strict discipline in these matters.
Paul’s encouragement in v8 to ‘be careful to devote yourself to doing what is good’ is what is under threat when there is disunity.
One of the great abilities a Christian should cultivate is to discern the difference between ‘God’s will’ and ‘religious tradition’. It is what Jesus contended with during His earthly ministry, it is what Paul is cautioning here and is still what renders churches as ineffective today.