What Sherriff Taylor understood that deputy Fife failed to understand is that some issues aren’t really issues at all. They are simply differences of opinion or personal preference. Furthermore, not every battle is worth fighting. It’s like burning down the barn to kill the mice. We can actually do more harm than good fighting for something that just isn’t worth the fight.
I don’t know about you, but I would rather strive for unity in the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:3). After reading about God’s attitude toward those who sow division and stir up strife in the church, I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to pay the inevitable price that accompanies abusing the Bride of Christ.
So learn a lesson from Barney Fife, the hapless deputy who turned the citizens of Mayberry against each other over a non-issue. The unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is a precious thing. Let’s all obey the command of Paul and endeavor to keep it.
Pastor Todd Weston