Our Formations lesson this week is a good one. Its one that is especially timely and challenging for us at the outset of 2017. Our focus has been on Christ Our Savior. If we believe Christ is our savior, then our habits, actions, and words should reflect this fact. Our lessons have been looking at different behaviors in which this truth should be clearly visible. First, we have considered what we are willing to loose or give up so that we can fully follow Jesus. Last week we considered what we have been saved from and for what we are being saved.
This Sunday we consider how, in Christ, we are a new, unified people. The key question is: Whom do I need to embrace as a brother or sister in Christ? This is timely as we stand a week away from the inauguration of a new president and one day from MLK day observance. On many fronts, 2016 was a year that our nation and even the whole world seemed divided. This includes people of faith. How are Paul’s words instructive to followers of Christ, who are to be a witness to God’s unified and coming kingdom?