"Sharing the love of Jesus with all people"

We the People . . . Care for One Another
"God has so composed the body . . . that there may be no division in the body,
but that the members may have the same care for one another.
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
-- I Corinthians 12:24b-26


Over the last 2-3 weeks I've had some conversations that keep repeating a common theme summarized in the title of
this article.

The first phrase is, "We the People". These are the first three words of the U.S. Constitution, and are described this
way on the U.S. Senate webpage ... "the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of
government. Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to
serve its citizens. The supremacy of the people through their elected representatives is recognized in Article I ..."
The next phrase of my article is, "Care for One Another", and you'll notice that these words come from
I Corinthians 12:25, "that the members may have the same care for one another".

What's my point?
1st, there is nothing original with me in either case. The wording of the U.S. Constitution is from our founding fathers
and the wording of I Corinthians 12:25 is from God Himself.
2nd, and more importantly, when placed side by side, it seems to me that we are to care for one another, both as
members of the body of Christ and also as citizens of the same country.
We don't agree on all issues, not as a faith family called Evergreen Lutheran, nor as a country called the U. S. A. Still,
God calls to us from His Word to care for one another. As members of the body of Christ, God calls us to meet the
needs of others, to reach out to one another in love, to lift up each other, support one another, be present in the lives
of each other.

Reading the verses above we can see that God never intended for there to be any division in the body of Christ, no
separation, no discord, no rift, no disharmony. God has called us to be here for each other in our words of
encouragement, our acts of love, our prayers for blessing, and in our care for one another that together we may all
rejoice as one body in Christ.

Likewise, as elections are just around the corner, I pray that the citizens of our country will be led by God to find ways
to work together for the common good so that We the People may be there for each other, as we reach across the
aisle and seek what is best for one another.

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -- Joshua 24:15
Pastor Dave