The Counter-productivity of internal bickering in the church
by Mr. Sheehy
“Do all things without grumblings and disputings.” Because so many of us are prone to such behavior, it is easy to dismiss this as a very “mundane” matter; but the very fact that Paul spends so much energy giving biblical and theological support to it suggests otherwise. This is spoken in the context of their–and our–being God’s children in a very fallen, twisted world. Our corporate behavior, especially as that is reflected in our attitudes toward one another, goes a long way in determining how effectively we “hold firm the word of life” in such a world. Thus, evangelism is the the bottom line, and internal bickering among the people of God is thoroughly counter-productive activity. (257-58)
– I’m thoroughly enjoying Gordon Fee’s commentary on Philippians.