USA (MNN) — United States military officials continue trying to piece together the moments that led up to a member of the U.S. military gunning down fellow soldiers. Spc. Ivan Lopez is accused of killing three and turning his gun on himself at the Fort Hood, Texas military base.
How could a soldier turn the gun and shoot one of his own? That’s the same question Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries is asking. “That’s what grieves me about what’s going on amongst God’s people today because we do that. We shoot our own. There are so many people who have been wounded by another Christian.”
Hutchcraft, quoting a former pastor of his, says, “The devil’s favorite instrument to discourage a Christian is another Christian.”
He continues, “Unfortunately there is a lot of attacking one another right now, and either you’re too liberal or too conservative, or you’re too young or you’re too old-school. In many cases, we get on each other over the 10% area.” He says most evangelicals agree on 90% of Scripture but argue about the 10% that may not make any difference.
“The spirit of what’s going on is like shooting a brother,” says Hutchcraft. “Even within the local church, there’s backstabbing and gossip; today we can write blogs or go on Facebook and tell the world about all the bad things.”
Hutchcraft says that doesn’t mean we allow sin to continue in the body. “Sometimes people need to be corrected or challenged, but the tone of it should be one of patience and one of care and one of gentleness and one of a brokenhearted brother.”
It’s more than just dividing the church, says Hutchcraft. “A lost world is watching us. We just gave them another reason to reject Christ because they’re like, ‘You know what? You guys are no different than anyone else.’ We’re shooting each other and missing the real enemy.”
This kind of dysfunction is debilitating. “Actually, we’re assisting the devil in attacking Christians. A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Ron Hutchcraft has written about this on his blog at http://www.Hutchcraft.com where you can also find additional resources to help you with evangelism and discipleship.