Yesterday I was at something that was discussing the perceived lack of confidence in the local churches, it was really great, but one thing that stood out for me is as I pondered everything that was discussed was Tit 3:9 "But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about law because these are unprofitable and useless."
We can so get caught up discussing different theological issues but forget the main thing and take our eyes of Jesus. In the book of Nehemiah they started to rebuild the wall and as they started to do the work God had called them to, the enemy tried to take away their focus and drag them away. So often that is the case when a work of God is happening the enemy wants to come and distract us with things that take away our focus.
In the book of Joshua it says "do not turn to the left or to the right", why? Because our focus goes from where it should be. If we keep our eyes on Jesus then all the distractions will not be entered into and we will keep the main thing, the main thing.
Over this past weekend two similar things have tried to come in at me and distract me and drag me into quarrelling, arguments and fighting. I did not succeed very well in my responses, but the Lord has taught me something in this and I have to take captive every thought and word that does not line up with the word of God, so that I don't get dragged away and enticed as so easy it is. So I encourage you to keep your focus on Jesus and avoid foolish controversies etc as it talks of in Titus, it just takes away the joy and truth of all that Jesus has done for us in setting us free.