Everybody has two of them and they both stink or so goes the saying. One thing that really struck me in seminary was how opinions about certain subjects would divide people. It is like a game of tug of war between two people. They are at the end of the rope so they can be as far from center as possible. Each time the opponent manages to move them a little closer to the center they add more rope to their end so they can move back. In the end they are ten times further apart and more convinced they are right and the other person is wrong.
We see this happening in many different ways but it is a constant in our lives. From the public arena where politicians are constantly pushing each other to the private arena where mother and daughter are lock in a stalemate. So the next time you feel your about to lengthen your rope remember what Joshua in the movie WarGames said, "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." Better still take Jesus' advice "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9, NKJV). It is sad when we can't agree that it is okay to disagree.