I will take “Doctrinal Differences” for $1000 Alex…
… a phrase in referring to the resolution of a conflict (usually a debate or quarrel) in which all parties tolerate but do not accept the opposing position or positions.
What is “Agreeing to Disagree” … Correct!
This term typicallyoccurs when all sides recognize that further conflict would be unnecessary, ineffective, or simply does not make sense. Both sides of an issue may remain on amicable terms while continuing to disagree about the unresolved issues.
I think it really is okay to agree to disagree. Let’s simply hold fast to the essentials (see this link regarding first and second priorities) and to the things we do agree on. We agree on the first priority… Christ, the magnet that holds all of us as His Body together.
Unfortunately many Christians can be some of the worst, even with limited knowledge and perspective of the other side of the spectrum … despite the topic.
Let’s agree to sometimes disagree, but more importantly let’s not forget the things that we agree on. The next argument, political perspective, denominational nuance or ridiculous decision that you find yourself on the other side of, do not just make the decision to “agree to disagree”, but go a step further and “agree to agree”
I am a chart guy, so I am going to leave you with a couple Venn Diagrams to chew on about this topic. The first one might be an easy one to agree to disagree on, but the second one might stir some people crazy.
Let me know your thoughts.
Here is the first one…
Here is the second…
Chew on it.