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Conflict Free Zone?

Another April article? Well, she is a special giraffe, but…

Last time we visited April the Giraffe, we talked about “watchful living.” As I noted, fans were growing impatient and dissatisfied with all the waiting. Since then, the number of “the dissatisfied” increased significantly.

Negative comments are pouring in from those who are upset that they are getting charged to know the gender of the baby. Also, people who paid for early warning alerts at the birth are complaining. Add those comments to the impatient people and the conspiracy folks who say the whole thing is a publicity scam, and viola…conflict!

The problem? The site says it is a “conflict free zone!” Silly giraffe, those don’t exist; at least not where humans are involved.

“Conflict free” zones on the Internet are a bit utopian and naïve. When people post with anonymity, their best side doesn’t exactly come out. Even a simple giraffe birth has caused conflict.

So here’s a question: how about the church? Does it have an example to offer? After all, it is made up of people. Are churches “conflict free zones?” Not if people are involved!

Nevertheless, we strive for something greater in the church. But if we rely on human nature, we will never achieve it. True freedom from conflict is in the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control.

There are hundreds of verses that teach us to rid conflict from among us. Why hundreds? Because our fleshly desires put self ahead of others. The battle is to overcome those thoughts. Resolving conflict is, as Jesus put it, a blessing to “the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

So…“conflict free” giraffes? Maybe. “Conflict free” church? Definitely! But only when His people submit to the Spirit of Truth!

Giraffe Births…And Watchful Living

April the giraffe has finally given birth! Or at least that is what the headline will read…some day. Sorry if you read that sentence and ran off to look at cute baby pictures only to find a pregnant giraffe still walking around.

April the giraffe is going to give birth any time now. Or so they say. She has been pregnant since 2015, but that’s just how giraffes roll. Last month, tens of millions of viewers, convinced April was about to give birth, watched, and watched, and watched.

And, like so many other things, when instant gratification was gone, binge watchers lost interest. Many people took to Twitter or Facebook showing their disappointment, boredom, and growing disinterest. A loyal fan base still exists, but nothing like those early moments on the live camera feed.

Now, it is probably for the best that people who had been glued to the live feed for days realized they needed to shower…and go to work…and feed the children. There is a time to watch and a time to live in anticipation. The trick is learning the difference…and that’s a good reminder for the church as well.

In Acts 1:9-11, we read that Jesus was “lifted up” while the disciples were watching. The disciples continued “gazing intently into the sky” so long that angelic beings (two men in white clothing) stopped them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand looking into the sky?” They continued, “Jesus…will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Did you catch that? Why keep staring? Instead, go do what He commanded. Proper “watching” means doing His will, not staring at the sky!

Have we grown weary of waiting? Make no mistake…He’s coming! “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8)?

Millions are glued to a screen waiting for a giraffe. Or maybe by the time you read this, a cute baby giraffe has arrived. Will we, who anticipate a far greater arrival, show proper watchfulness by the lives we live?