36 Some time later, Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit all the brothers and sisters in every city where we preached the Lord’s word. Let’s see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them. 38 Paul insisted that they shouldn’t take him along, since he had deserted them in Pamphylia and hadn’t continued with them in their work. 39 Their argument became so intense that they went their separate ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus. 40 Paul chose Silas and left, entrusted by the brothers and sisters to the Lord’s grace. 41 He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. (Acts 15:36-41, CEB)
It seems like we have come to the point of saying we need to agree to disagree. While there are some things we can do this on and there are somethings we can not do this on, the above is something we can agree to disagree.
Paul and Barnabas were going back to the communities they helped see the love of Christ and started a worship community. Barnabas wanted to bring John Mark and Paul didn’t. This was more to Paul and Barnabas understanding of who John Mark is. Not that this is right but it doesn’t remove rights or privileges from John Mark.
We can not include people in our lives as long as we are not working to keep them down or not allow them to have justice.
We can agree to disagree on things that do not hold people in place of unjust means.
Love People, Love God.