DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why can't people get along? My parents had five children, and for the most part, we've never gotten along. Today, we hardly have anything to do with each other. Now that I'm a Christian, I'd like to do something about this but I don't know how. Any suggestions?— K.S.
Dear K.S.: Sadly, conflict between members of the same family is almost as old as the human race. Cain — Adam and Eve's first son — became consumed with jealousy and anger toward his brother, Abel, and it led eventually to the first murder (see Genesis 4:1-16).
What is the problem? The problem is that down inside we all want to live only for ourselves and our happiness — and when we believe someone is going to keep us from reaching that goal, the result is conflict. And the closer we are to someone (such as being in the same family), the sharper the conflict.