Reading: I Corinthians 1: 10-18
We don’t like to think about it, but there was a lot of conflict in the New Testament church. Paul addresses the church at Corinth, which is apparently consumed by quarreling factions: Chloe’s people, people committed to Paul’s teaching, Apollos’ teaching, and Cepha’s teachings. Sad, very sad.
Unfortunately, things have not improved. The Church of Jesus Christ is broken and just seems to continue to be fragmented. If folks don’t like what is going on in a congregation, they just pull up roots and start another church. It goes on and on. The conflicts among members of individual congregations generally turn out to be painful, destructive and divisive.
In today’s reading, God is calling us to a high, high standard—“that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” In this instance, Paul focuses us on the cross—the power of God. Let’s keep our focus and work together to proclaim the gospel. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Summer Chaplain to the Staff
Closing: Pray today for Upper Susquehanna Synod Bishop Robert L. Driesen’s Reconciliation Team, which works for congregations in distress and conflict.
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