Ever heard of a red herring? Webster's defines the term as something unimportant that is used to stop people from noticing or thinking about something important. This practice has been around since the beginning of time and is widely used by governments, politicians, corporations, or anyone seeking to distract. Our enemy, the devil, likes to get us distracted. When we are distracted we have a hard time hearing what God is saying to us. Christians buy into his game and tend to get caught up in petty arguments or doctrinal disputes and miss the important issues that lie before us and desperately need our attention. These distractions don't necessarily have to be bad things either. Oswald Chambers once said "The good is always the biggest enemy of the best." Our country is in dire straits and, whether she knows it or not, desperately needs the church to get focused and do what it was designed by Christ to do- take back what the enemy has stolen. God chose us for a time such as this and we need to stay focused and "in the game." How? Quit wasting valuable time and energy on things that really don't matter in the kingdom of God. Spend quality time alone with your heavenly Father, listening for His voice, so that you can know and do His will. Finally, yoke yourself with others who are doing the same.
Don’t let them waste their time in endless dis-cussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
1 Ti 1:4
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 2 Ti 2:24 Pastor Frank Dodson