“I am of Albo” / “I am of Scomo” – Political Tribalism and the Church

Some election-season advice from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

1 Cor 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Although Paul wrote these words nearly two millennia ago to the house churches he’d founded in Corinth, they remain a word-on-target for our churches in the West today, as we fight and fracture along political lines. Particularly around election time. And the similarities between our situations are stronger than we might first realise. Because this is how Paul describes the divisions in the Corinthian churches:

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