“Do everything without arguing or complaining…” Philippians 2:14. Rick Warren, from Saddleback Church in California, speaking of this passage said, “I don’t have trouble with the verses of the Bible that I don’t understand, I have trouble with the ones I do understand. This passage has only one interpretation. Don’t argue and don’t complain! Holy moly guacamole.” Paul makes this very clear. Followers of Christ should not argue or complain. Woah! Is that even possible? Paul is not saying Christians can’t disagree or have hard conversations. He is not saying that we can not evaluate the quality of something in our life in order to make improvements and bring change. Actually, as Christians, we could handle to do a little more of this.
“Arguing and complaining” refers to the part of us that fails to see the good in our life, family, church, work and relationships. It is the negatively focused lens that we see the world through that keeps us from gratitude. More than that it is the barrier that keeps us from relationships that honor, build up and bring unity.
Paul says don’t do it-ever. Why? Because when you strive to eliminate gossip and murmuring it will lead to a life that is so unusual, so out of the ordinary, so against the grain of society that you will stand out like bright stars of grace in a sea of darkness and hopelessness. It will make you a rebel of grace!
Try a fast from arguing and complaining today. Be a rebel and reflect God’s grace.