Majoring on the Minor

By Ryan Kelly –

Have you ever been a part of a silly argument? One in which you know there is no actual value, but you feel so wrapped up in the problem that you dig in your heels and refuse to concede? This is often the case with defending sports teams, schools, car brands, and even food. Essentially, it’s the result of us developing artificial “teams” and defending your team even when it makes no sense. I have done it, so I get it!

Throughout the the world, but particularly in America, we love to pick a team and defend it to the end. The problem is that we pick frivolous battles that have no meaning, but then we are too tired or weary to then fight the battles that DO have meaning.

The meaningful battle is with our faith. If there was a battle to fight, it would be defending the Gospel and standing up for Jesus. But if we are so tired of fighting battles over race, class or other eternally meaningless things, we will lose sight of the only battles that need to be fought. And furthermore, if we divide ourselves into meaningless teams for meaningless battles, then we will not be on the same team for the spiritual battles that we need to fight.

The term “majoring on the minor” is related to a collegiate academic focus on the lesser degree over the primary degree. Let’s not major on the minor, but let’s focus on our battles against sin and for Christ, and focus less on everything else. This is how we unify. This is how we act as the body of Christ.

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

1 Corinthians 1:10

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