Love God and Love One Another.


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1 Corinthians 3:1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
Please note verse 21. Paul isn't talking about political leaders. He's talking about church leaders. He's talking about Apollos or Cephas or Paul. He's not talking about Biden, Putin, Thatcher or Trudeau. If Paul were talking in the church today, he would be saying, "don't talk about Bill Graham or Franklin Graham". He would be saying, "don't argue over Catholic, Protestant.... Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian." Paul says none of those people, or divisions of the church are important.

I don't care who makes the sign of the cross when they pass a graveyard. I don't care if one church uses the same cup for everyone or if they serve tiny cups on a tray. I don't care if one church sprinkles and another dunks. None of that is important.

What's important is Christ has been Crucified for us. He brought us updated commandments. He made life much simpler for us. He said "Love God and Love One Another". That's what is important. Love God and Love One Another.

While some are arguing over the politics of the world.... Others are filling boxes and grocery bags with food for those who cannot afford a loaf of bread. While some are declaring masks to be face diapers, others are visiting homeless and tending to their wounds. While some are still arguing about the cost of cleaning up after a horrific fire or hurricane, others are on the ground, cleaning up the mess and feeding those who are left.

Love God and Love One Another. That's what's important.

Love God and Love One Another.