There’s a great line from a Bob Dylan song; “The Titanic sails at dawn; everybody’s shouting, ‘Which side are you on?'”
We live in a contentious, noisy world, a lot like the world Dylan was describing. Everywhere we look, people are in a hurry to take sides; “I’m against THAT,” “How can you NOT be against THIS?” Everywhere we look, there are reasons for fear, anxiety, and anger. It’s maddening.
God’s people, however, are people of peace, children of shalom (Luke 10.6). He calls us to make peace (Matt 5.9). He calls us to surrender to the peace that the Spirit produces (Gal 5.22).
In a noisy and contentious world, may we by prayer, grace, and Spirit rise above tribalism and side-taking, and the anxiety and fear that accompany them. May we seek God’s presence, wisdom, and peace.