In His Service – Rev. Jeffrey A. Lee
Christina Taylor was born September 11, 2001, the day the airplanes flew
into the World Trade Center in New York City. Christina was shot and
killed on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. by a man who has been called
evil, mentally ill, a Satanist and such.
Rev. Jeffrey A. Lee
Joy Lutheran Church
“I appeal to you, brothers, 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 Corinthians 1:10
Christina Taylor was born September 11, 2001, the day the airplanes flew into the World Trade Center in New York City. Christina was shot and killed on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. by a man who has been called evil, mentally ill, a Satanist and such.
Immediately, some of the blame was placed on the vitriolic partisan political speak in our nation. At the memorial service our nation’s President called for a civility when he said; “we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” In the shadows of that speech, the politicians were back at it, referring to the other party as killers, Nazi’s, Socialists and such.
I am guilty of getting caught up in the politics. I have strong opinions about government and programs. There are a few politicians that I agree with and there are a few that I would like to grab by their collars and shout in their face, “Can you hear me now?” How did we get here? As Sarah Palin pointed out in her response to the attacks made against her, our nation has always had rigorous political debate and at times, they used dueling pistols to resolve the conflicts.
Obviously Paul was addressing division in his days as he begins the letter to the Corinthians. Our Christian faith itself was born out of conflict—our savior was nailed to the cross. He came here because of the division that existed between God and man. That division goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when man disobeyed God. But Christ came to heal, to bind up, to restore God’s fallen creation. Jesus came to suffer and die on the cross to pay the price of our sins so that we could be united. It is the devil that divides. So Paul appeals to us, to have the mind of Christ in us. I have to address my shortcomings, my partisan mind and I have to control my tongue and the manner in which I talk to others.
As Christians, we need to hold each other accountable to that same standard. We are not always going to agree on everything. But we don’t have to take out our guns to resolve our differences. It is our job as Christians to discover the mind of Christ. To start living according to His will. At times, we will overturn the money tables in the temple. There will be times when we may call those who are spiritually divided from us, “white-washed sepulchres.” But mostly, it is our desire to call each other brothers in Christ. May we strive to live to His glory. Amen.