In Dr. Seuss’ seminal children’s book The Butter Battle Book, he tells the story of two cultures, the Yooks and the Zooks, that live divided by a large wall.
They have a many conflicts between them, but the largest is centered around a rather strange disagreement.
The Yooks eat their bread with the butter side up, and the Zooks eat their bread with the butter side down.
This preferential difference is held to a position of utmost importance by the two sides, and the two cities assault each other with slingshots and catapults in a never-ending battle.

As silly as the story may be, it is rather hauntingly reflective of the modern day church.
I mean I’m certain we’ve all seen, perhaps even this past week, articles, blogs, and posts about “Why We Use Hymnals” or “Why We Use Screens.” “Why We Don’t Have A Handshaking Time” or “Why We Do Have a Handshaking Time.”
All of these inevitably preceding a long list of angry commenters who disagree with either side or both sides.
One skimming some such articles might make the presumption that the caps lock on some Christian’s computers is permanently stuck.
We need to remember as brothers and sisters in Christ that the enemy is not each other.
Primary doctrines are the only thing which should divide us. Not clothing styles, musical tastes, secondary church methodology, and what color the carpet is in the auditorium.
The hipster kid yelling at the old fundamentalist for being too tight laced is no less pharisaical than the older fundamentalist yelling at the kid for using a guitar.
The issue is a lack of love toward one another.
Does doctrine divide? Yes. But remember, it also unites us.
Don’t allow cheap preferences to sever the invaluable unity given to us by Christ Jesus.

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