Acts 22:14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth.”
Paul is defending himself and says Annanias, a devout Jew, told him it was the God of our fathers who chose him. Again Paul is trying to build bridges with the crowd. ‘Our fathers’ meaning Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
What a great lesson Paul is giving us. Let us always try to find ways to build bridges first.
Let’s not major on what divides but what unites us.
When speaking to Jews or Muslims let’s not isolate or antagonise them, but let us build bridges. We can similarly say, “The God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ….” that’s what we share together. Of course Jesus is what separates us from them and them from a personal relationship with God, but He is still their God.
But this can be applied to anyone and everyone. Find what brings you closer not what tears you apart.
In your marriage, what do we share? Not what we disagree with?
In your church, focus on the history you have had there before leaving because you see no future.
We will never have a 100% success rate and some won’t want to walk over the bridge and you may have genuine justifiable reasons not to build one.
But in the main much can be accomplished by bridge building.