You can’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.
Of all days to consider this verse —
but it’s next on my list.
So, here goes.
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
1 Cor. 1:10*
Today is Election Day in the United States. Hence the irony.
Agreement? No divisions? Perfectly united?
Maybe not as citizens of the USA, but what about as citizens of Heaven?
The church in Corinth was a hot mess.
Among the issues Paul needed to address were:
- quarrels about who the best pastor was and people dividing into factions — Team Paul, Team Apollos and Team Peter.
- an incestuous relationship in the church.
- men in the church engaging with prostitutes.
- ugly, public cases of believers suing each other.
- disputes about sex, marriage, divorce and celibacy.
- spiritual pride and arrogance.
- chaotic, out-of-control worship services.
- worship of idols and demons.
- people hogging the wine and getting drunk at communion.
- error-filled teaching that denied the resurrection of Jesus.
Are you feeling better about your church now?
As believers, we don’t have to agree on who to vote for or what policy is best for our country. It’s okay if we think differently on issues or affairs of state. We can agree to disagree on non-essentials. But let’s agree to agree on the essentials of our faith. Here’s a refresher on what those are:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Dear God, I confess that I think my opinion is right and that those who don’t agree with me are wrong. Please forgive me for contributing to division and discord. The kind of love You require is counter-cultural and extremely demanding, yet You provide the strength to pull it off. Create within Your people a desire to live in agreement and unity, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the sake of His Bride, the church. Help us, Your children, to agree with one another.
*Part nine in a series on “The One Anothers”