Don’t argue about it. Just flip a coin.
This is not a good way to solve every disagreement. But it works wonders when both sides are basically even.
Sometimes fighting to win costs more than losing. The argument does more damage than the victory is worth.
If that’s true, then why do people keep arguing? Sometimes it is just to save face. No one wants to back down or be defeated, so they keep fighting.
That’s where the coin toss comes in. The decision is made, the argument is over, and life goes on, yet neither side was actually defeated. It’s hard to take a coin toss personally.
The coin toss is a very civil way to settle disputes. Many elections have been decided with a coin toss, which sure beats settling them with a shoot out.
Now you don’t decide your moral convictions with a coin toss. You don’t choose right or wrong, good or evil with a coin toss. Save your silver dollar for when both sides are equal.
Let’s say you want to go to the Football Hall of Fame on vacation, and she wants to go to an Oprah Winfrey Show. Wait a minute. That’s not even close to equal.
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A key to the coin toss is that both parties agree to abide by its decision.
Now kids, don’t try to flip a coin about whether to do your homework or not. But if you want to flip a coin over whose turn it is to clear the table, fine. Do it every night if you want.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers…” One simple way to keep the peace is to flip a coin.
Proverbs 18:18 says, “Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.”
Imagine a tied football game. They go into sudden death overtime, and the most important decision of the day will be – who gets the ball? How do they make this crucial decision? A coin toss.
In Acts chapter one the disciples needed a man to replace Judas. They had two great candidates, Joseph and Matthias. They prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry…” Then they cast lots.
That seems like an odd way to decide such an important matter. But don’t forget, they had already done the hard work of narrowing their decision down to just Joseph and Matthias. But then they were stuck. Both men were equally qualified. Now what?
Now just pray and flip a coin!
“Wait a minute, Doug. That’s more gambling than godly.”
Then what do you make of Proverbs 16:33? It says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”
I think there is a little more God in this topic than meets the eye.
Look what else we find in Proverbs 16. Here is a powerful statement in verse 3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
I think if you come down to a decision between two good equals, then it is Biblical to pray, commit your plans to the Lord, then commit it to chance by casting lots or drawing straws or flipping a coin. Of course when the Lord’s involved, it’s not really “chance” is it?
Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord works out everything for his own ends…”
Verse 9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
God’s hand is usually unseen, but it is moving to carry out God’s will. And I have no reason to doubt that God moves through coin tosses.
So the next time you’re in this situation, stop fighting and start flipping. Flip a coin and trust that God will work it all out.