Second, as transformed followers by the Spirit of God we are called to "encourage one another and build up each other…." (I Thessalonians 5.11). My dad used to say, "If you are going to use a hammer, use it to build up and not tear down." Not only in the world today but especially in America we have a lot of tearing down going on. We can disagree with another person, even radically, but we don't have to belittle them or make fun of them, call them hurtful names or even imply they are our enemies. We are commanded to find common ground not through the Republican or Democratic party — not from being liberal or conservative — but by and from our Lord, His life and His teaching. A lot of people, including some in government and sadly some in church congregations seem to enjoy building themselves up while pushing others down. The Apostle Paul wrote "all things are lawful but not all things build up." (I Corinthians 10.23) We often justify "tearing down" because we are right and "they" are wrong. Do you think that "tearing down" is a sin?