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Masks. Church gatherings. Schooling options. Hashtags. Elections. This has been an incredibly divisive year.

We don’t yet know what 2021 will bring, but chances are there will be a new array of things to divide us.

How can Christians live wisely in divisive times, in a media landscape where algorithms perpetuate, and corporations profit from, polarization? In his sovereignty and grace, God gives his church tools for resisting the pull toward disunity. Here are four of them.

1. Scripture (to Shape Thinking)

Information is not neutral. We are formed by what informs us. The information we absorb will inevitably lead to some kind of transformation. Cable news, social media, streaming sites—all of it is discipling us by what it deposits into our minds.

This is why Charles Spurgeon wisely said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” In Scripture we see God’s glorious nature, his unstoppable redemptive plan, and wisdom for human flourishing. Shouldn’t we give our ears and eyes to his revelation in Scripture more than anything else? 

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