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When Elephants Fight

by Robert J. Young
©, 2007, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

I am not sure whether it qualifies as a Nigerian proverb, but the words came from the mouth of a Nigerian student studying in the United States: "When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers."

The illustration in the proverb isn't one we use everyday, but the statement causes me to think of the multiplied applications in our own experience.

Participants may be bruised and battered after a fight (physically, emotionally, spiritually or in other ways), but the real suffering is often transferred to innocent bystanders. Churches are crushed. Christian influence is destroyed. Families feel the tension. Isolation results. The gospel is shackled.

Maybe we ought to spend some time in prayer and go work on the grass!

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Last updated December 27, 2007.