2nd and 14th

     On Wednesday of this week there was a lot of anger and frustration and a lot of celebration around the country depending on which person one voted for on Tuesday, and a lot of questions.  And this was true at the Church of the Reconciler.                                                     As I was sitting in on the Reconciler Intervention Group on Wednesday the focus was           1 Corinthians 13.  And there was a lot of discussion on how sections of this chapter are used in weddings and even anniversary celebrations and how beautifully they fit into these moments.  And as we continued to share about what love is, someone said that this also applies to our feelings about Tuesday regardless of who you wanted to win.  And after reading angry tweets and facebook comments over the last couple of days from loving Christians, including myself,  I am convinced that we all need to apply 1 Cor.13 to our responses.  These verses are used in our most beautiful moments in life, but they apply to our daily lives.  I do not have to like Donald Trump or those who support him but I can have patients, and I can use kindness in my words and thoughts.  Love does not act unbecomingly or try to provoke, love bears all things, believes, hopes and endures all things.                                                                                           We all have every right to hold those who will lead our country for the next four years accountable, but not through, hate,  arrogance or unrighteousness, but through speaking truth, to having the backs of those who are voiceless, frightened, and who are being persecuted because of the color of their skin, the country of origin or choice of partners to love.  We have to fight for what is right, to march, to speak out, but with the love of Christ because His love never fails.