PASTOR SPEAKS

In Search of Peace

Like all of you, I am trying to comprehend the things that are going on in our world. I have yet to find words to describe the sadness and grief that I feel at the hatred, anger and racism that has overtaken our TV, radios, computers and every other electronic devise we can imagine. I wish I could believe that this is just a temporary moment in time. One that will end at some point and we will get back to where we belong. But the truth is we have never been where we belong. The sentiments of hatred and violence that have been chanted in Charlottesville and numerous other cities around our country have echoed throughout our world since we had the words to chant them. I fear it is only that they have received a greater license to come out into the light. That we have somehow communicated through our actions and inaction that this is acceptable behavior. The problem is ... it's not. It has never been and never will be. This isn't true because I say it is. It is true because God says it is over and over and over again in his Word.

God's plan is and always has been for unity ... for reconciliation ... for resurrection. His life showed us this. His death showed us this. And his resurrection certainly showed us this. God's prophets claim this truth again and again. I wonder if we, like their audiences of so long ago, still don't want to listen to these prophets and their words of unity? I wonder if it's just too much work for us ... too much sacrifice ... too much grief to let go of our selfishness.

I don't know what causes people to hate. I suppose I will never fully understand it. I have a few guesses, but none of them seem to render enough reason to hate as some do. I do know it's wrong. I do know it's not what God wants for us. I do know that it's not condoned by God. Under God's reign, there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free. In Christ, we are all one. The work of God, therefore, is carried out by those who stand up against hatred. Hatred like we saw in Charlottesville. Hatred and violence stand in the way of God's reign on earth. As followers of Jesus we must be willing to say so.

May we always strive for peace and unity and reconciliation. It is, after all, the way of God.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen and Amen.

Peace
Pastor Dawn