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American Corinthians (Welcome to America)

You Become What You Worship

So we see it in a big way today!

The new term is canceling or ignoring or just plain rude behavior toward other people whom YOU disagree.

People are mad! If you don't agree with what I (and my tribe, political party etc.) believes is true then you are persona non grata!

This kind of self-righteous behavior is as old as our sin natures.

Paul experienced it in the Church of Corinth. When the Corinthian believers did not like what Paul said they banned him from preaching. Welcome to America 2021!

All of us have a sinful way of justifying our thinking and behavior and it is always done apart from Christ. I have no doubt the Spirit of this Age, The Father of Lies is enjoying his success in our land as many Christians are so easily deceived by foolish conspiracies or just hate and folly.

All of us must make sure we are not part of this Corinthian tribe that is running amok in our culture. We don't want to be Corinthian Christians. In pride, they became a tribe (not the body of Christ), like we are:

1 Corinthians 1:12 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”

and they waged war against each other, like we are doing today:

1 Corinthians 3:4 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

Some politicians have been called sore losers and even though that may be true it goes deeper than that. Christ teaches us that even when things don’t happen according to our expectations, because of Christ and his Spirit dwelling in us, as believers we can still respond in a righteous, loving way.

Reflect on your attitude are you responding in a loving righteous way?

We ultimately choose anger as our response to people, circumstances and opinions that fail to meet our expectations. Think about it, we must first silence our conscience in order to justify that punitive, self-righteous response.

All of us have done it yet we must intentionally NOT react this way. Pray for self-control!

We can choose to be patient and let love cover a multitude of sins. We can also choose to be gracious and kind.

The common retort we often here from people today even Christians is they feel they have no choice but to respond negatively. This is a lie and a product of our sinful self and culture. Don't get sucked into it.

So as you pray, remind yourself that ungodly anger and self-righteousness cannot achieve God’s righteous ends, never!

Yet being like Christ like means being patient, gracious, and kind, but that doesn’t mean Christians should never become irritated or angry. The Bible commands us Christians to “be angry and . . . not sin”

Can you do this? Are you praying daily for patience and understanding?

1 Corinthians 13: 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful

The love of Christ is greater than our anger, irritability or impatience. Let Christ's grace and mercy be your teacher.

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