The Elephant in the Room | Week 1

The Elephant in the Room | Week 1

Choosing Sides

Speaker: Grant Agler

Division is here to stay

Why do we choose sides?


Cognitive dissonance: The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change


Qdoba vs. Chipotle

Ford vs. Chevy


Wall vs. no wall


The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Genesis 6:5


As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.

Genesis 9:7


Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

Genesis 11:1-2


They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.

Genesis 11:3


Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Genesis 11:4


But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.

Genesis 11:5


The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

Genesis 11:6-7


So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.

Genesis 11:8


That is why it was called Babel —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:9


God knows the only thing worse than a world divided, is a world united.


On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Luke 10:25


“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

Luke 10:26


He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Luke 10:27


“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

Luke 10:28


But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:29


In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

Luke 10:30


A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:31


So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

Luke 10:32


But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Luke 10:33


He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Luke 10:34


The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Luke 10:35


“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

Luke 10:36


The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Luke 10:37


Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:37


What does love require of me?


What does love require of me?



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