I Corinthians 1: 10-11
Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
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One of the lasting gifts of Paul's letters to the Corinthians is the insight we have into an ancient Christian community who did everything humanly possible to destroy itself and God did not run screaming from the room. Frankly, I am amazed that all the factions in Corinth didn't blame Chloe's people for throwing them under the bus. I find great comfort and hope from what I have witnessed myself in human families that regularly have intra-tribal feuds with each other and who still manage to feed and clothe children, keep a job, care for aging parents and remain fiercely loyal to one another when facing an external enemy. Blood is always thicker than water. Except.....when that blood belongs to Jesus and he spills it so that it will course through our veins. His blood becomes our blood; his tribe, our tribe. Through the blood of Christ, our tribe expands beyond the silly and ineffective dividing lines.
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Holy God, may we be just a little less childish today. Amen.