I am not finished with the second part of my posts on what constitutes true Christianity. Therefore, today I will post a brief but useful analogy to ponder.
Whenever there is conflict between two people, or even two groups, if one goes too far the metaphor of "burning bridges" is often used. I'll take that a bit farther.
1. A damaged bridge can be repaired fairly quickly.
2. A burned bridge can be rebuilt, but it takes time.
3. A nuked bridge may or may not ever be rebuilt. The radioactivity has to lessen or decay before reconstruction can even be attempted. Sometimes the process takes years, but often the site remains contaminated so badly that work can't begin in the lifetimes of those around for the original detonation.
As Christians, when we consider these three stages, we would do well to remember what the Lord has to say in His Word about conflict resolution and strife among brothers. In fact, there are several things for which the Lord has zero tolerance:
There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).