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ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT COVID TEARING YOUR FAMILY APART?

Lord, give us an abundance of grace for one another surrounding the coronavirus. Help us to uplift one another, not tear each other down and bring unity to the body of Christ.

Family. Have you ever wondered how you can share the same parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents, a common bloodline, yet see things so differently and have so many different opinions? COVID-19 has highlighted the differences in belief systems, political views, economic status, and so many other issues that can lie within a single-family.

These differences can become polarizing, causing serious divisions and potentially irreparable damage to your family unit. You’re probably reading this because you’re aware that your family is at risk of ripping apart. And of course, you want to do everything you can to keep it together.

How can you keep COVID-19 opinions from tearing your family apart?

Call it Out. You may be the one who has to say, “I’m afraid that we’re going to allow this virus and our opinions on this virus to tear us apart.” You may have to ask, “All of the memories, experiences, love, and connectedness that we’ve shared as a family over the years, are we willing to throw it away because of our opinions about the virus? How do we make sure that doesn’t happen?” . . .

The family is bigger than one person. Don’t carry the weight of trying to control how others may or may not prioritize the family. No one person can carry the full weight of keeping the family together. Family means different things to different people even within the same family. Recognize what you can control. Leverage your influence to help your family see the bigger picture. 

Understand your need to be emotionally and mentally healthy. healthy and secure you will have more influence than an unstable, insecure you. Your family may have helped you develop a sense of self. However, do not depend on your family for your entire sense of self. You can’t depend on your family’s acceptance and agreement to feel validated and complete. If you do, you can run the risk of trying to keep the family together out of fear or a personal need for fulfillment.

Don’t invest energy trying to change the mind of others. A person convinced against their will is still of the same opinion. Let that sink in. Rarely do I see arguments and debates where someone actually changes their mind. I still haven’t heard of someone changing someone’s mind using social media. Often, the more we try, the more we can slip into trying to control others or lose control of ourselves.

Respect. Leading a conversation about what it means to respect one another can help the family set boundaries and be intentional about respecting one another’s thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Sometimes we can become so passionate about our position that we totally disrespect the position of others without even realizing it. As a family, having a clear understanding of what it means to respect one another’s differences can help family members coexist with the differing opinions.

Model healthy behavior. Be the one to talk less and listen more. Recognize that people are motivated by different things. Some have good motivations, and others not so good. Manage your emotions and be willing to try and understand your family. If you can help people feel heardvalued, and understood, then you’ve helped your family members know that they matter even if their opinions are different.

Acceptance of choices. Some family members are going to be extremely cautious and follow all of the CDC guidelines. Other family members may believe the virus isn’t a big deal and act accordingly. Some may feel like family members don’t care and are putting others at risk. Others may believe some are acting totally out of fear. A family is made up of individuals who have the freedom to think and feel whatever they choose. Give individuals the freedom to be who they are and you do what you need to do.

Make decisions based on what you know about the virus and your family members. This can be difficult because it may mean we don’t get to see certain people. When a person shows you who they are, believe them.  . . .

Look for ways to show that you care about one another. Host virtual family game nights and Zoom family calls. Send one another care packages. Send messages of love and support. COVID-19 can have you so focused on what we can’t do that we forget what we can do.

Set aside time to be intentional about spending time with one another and talk about other topics. This helps to remind you that the family is stronger and has more history than COVID-19. For example, celebrating birthdays. This has been a wild year! Instead of letting a birthday go by with just a card or phone call, consider celebrating virtually and making it a big deal because this year will be one for the books for sure!  . . .

You CAN’T control what family members say and do. You CAN focus on being your best self while at the same time working to care for and understand your family. As you model respect and value for each person, you can hope that the love and care you have for your family will help others see that the family is bigger than the virus.

(Excerpt from First Things First. By Reggie Madison. Photo from DreamsTime.)

What do you think about this insight into our differences of opinions surrounding Covid-19?

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8 Replies to “ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT COVID TEARING YOUR FAMILY APART?”

  1. Our church is divided. some won’t come to the building if everyone does not wear a mask the whole time. The ones who come are convinced that masks are unnecessary. One family said they are not coming back until January.The church is also divided about the political deception. We have stopped some from having Covid wars online. Praying for God’s truth to set us free. Love this site.

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  2. I think this article will help people compromise their wills and the virus shows how poor and anti-biblical the thinking of many are. Jesus did not come to bring peace, but a sword. A person’s enemy will be the members of their own household. His brother, sister and mother are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

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  3. Lord thank you for the Holy Spirit and for Your Word. Lord as stated in Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice. 5. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Go. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of Love will be with you.
    Lord remind us to pray it on them not lay it on them. Help us to be an example of Christ especially in our own homes and family. When Your Truth needs to be shared help us pray, humble ourselves and share the Truth trusting the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and restoration. Lord we ask Your plan of restoration, healing and plan for Your Church during these perilous times. May we be the light that shines the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Amen

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  4. While this is true of biological/adopted families, I believe it can be applied to church families as well. There are many different opinions within church bodies and the same principles can be applied. Listening is very important as is respect of other opinions. Remember, they will know we are Christians if we have love one for another. Arguing and debating don’t add to this love.

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  5. This is a great reminder which shows many basic concepts for Getting along with people even when there’s no COVID to deal with.
    Respecting others is a real key to good relationships.
    The observation that debates seldom change someone’s opinion is SO TRUE.
    People keep their world view… even though it may be ignoring factual information.

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  6. Excellent article. I don’t see this tearing apart so much in my family, but in other relationships where views differ. We need to respect each other right where they’re at.

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