A long time ago I learned that people are more important than projects (things we have our heart set on to do)…And God created us for relationships. So relationships are more important than anything else and our relationship to God is the most important. So when we have our relationship worked out with God and in its proper place, then our relationships with people are of the next importance in their proper hierarchy of relationships, meaning which comes first, family, dog, children, church, government, school, etc.? These all need to be placed in a proper order and value. (These all need to be placed in a proper order and value. I did not place these in a proper order and are left for you to figure out.)
This doesn’t mean that we will always agree with others or that there will always be peace, but it does mean we live at peace with all people as much as is possible within us. There will always be people who disagree with us, and may want to crucify those they disagree with. Nor does it mean we become pacifists. Jesus was not a pacifist, certainly. And He told us that the world would hate us and persecution would come to His followers.
But He told us we need to live by His word and the principles in His Word. He told us that we need to be salt and light to those around us. That is the responsibility of relationship. Then having done all we can do, we are to stand. This man be very difficult – standing I mean, but we need to do it.
As Nehemiah told the people with him who were trying to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (as we are trying to rebuild the Kingdom of God wherever we go and with whatever we say or do, in both secular and spiritual worlds) repair the wall with the trowel in one hand and the sword in the other. Sometimes we are called to build and sometimes we are called to defend (not with a literal sword!). We need to be able to defend the very principles our lives are lived by.
Today, these principles are under attack and we must be willing to defend them the best we can and then having done the best we can, just stand. But, always remembering that people and relationships are important. At the same time, also, remembering that all our relationships must be based upon principles or we will have relationship problems.
Jesus never compromised his principles while always holding high the value of relationships. But, even with those who disagreed with Him. He did it with an attitude of maintaining and securing true peace as much as it depended on Him. Yet He never wavered from standing for the Truth and expressing righteous indignation when the situation called for it.
He is our example. And in all of this the point is to value relationships in a proper relationship to truth and to remember that people are more important than projects.