2 Thessalonians Three: Healthy Division?

Posted: June 12, 2012 in 2 Thessalonians

Pretty interesting chapter, this one was. I say interesting, because it kinda popped a bubble of mine that believed the Church was always supposed to move towards unity, rather than division. After all, rifts were only designed to protect the sheep from the wolves, right?

Well, maybe not so much. We see in the text Paul clearly encouraging the Christians in Thessalonica to “keep away from any  brother  who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us,” and he also said “if anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and  have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.”

See, the object of this (hopefully) short and awkward separation is to actually mold the behavior of the believer who was failing to live in the manner expected of them. So next time you hear someone who is constantly harping on the need for greater unity, to the extent that blantant sins are being ignored, remember that not only is there is place for division among the brothers, but it can also be for the betterment of that individual, as well as for the overall church.

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