Conflict . It seems unavoidable. We all have it in our lives but the question is, how do we deal with it? Some deal with it with hoped for avoidance. For others it can be like a competition, with a winner and a loser. The goal is to win. For others it becomes quickly volatile, and for others it involves “the quiet treatment.” In today’s world we seem to experience the full spectrum in the news daily. But is that good? Is it healthy? How do we deal with it? What we know is that there are healthy ways to deal with it and unhealthy ways. But where do we turn for help? Believe it or not, Jesus can help us.
Jesus dealt with conflict a lot. He experienced it and he created it. He dealt with it, not just in one way, but depending on the situation, in a variety of ways. So as we continue to walk through the many things taking place at Aldersgate; things like exploring becoming a Reconciling congregation, discussions around gender identification, our relationship with Rock Church and building use issues, even our varied responses to shootings, gun control, homelessness, the potential building of a shelter in Bellevue, cultural differences around child rearing, relationships within and even outside of the church, exploring healthy ways to deal with conflict seems like something we should be exploring. So this Sunday we will. It is our hope to pick this up and extend a study of it later in the year. But, for this Sunday, we ‘ll dabble a bit. To prepare please read John 10: 22-39.