We Christians talk about seeking light,
as moths seek light in the darkness.
The truth is, we talk more about darkness; we seek it and cling to it while offering rationalizations for doing so. Just look at this election. We desire Christ’s name, but not His words, not His commands.
In our modern era we have a different version of Christianity than that which Christ founded in the first century. We are still as easily offended and as unloving as those who do not know Christ — and we are certainly just as divisive. (Francis Frangipane)
We are a country too divided by class and race, by politics and religion, and by the darkness of our own past that we project onto other people. When we don’t get our way, we allow our anger to grow into resentment and rage; we let our offense grow into indignation and threatening behavior.
We must – we must – find a way to reconcile with each other. We must find what we have lost in the last two years: our sense of grace, humility, compassion and dignity. We must seek opportunities to turn from anger and hate and advocating violence.
In order to reconcile and reunite our country, we must leave behind our sense of offense and entitlement, leave behind blaming and accusation. We must begin the transition toward healing and seeking solutions and common ground. We must accept and permit a smooth transition of power in this democratic country after the election on November 8th in order to unify our country.
We must not only seek light; we must be light – His light. We must put not ourselves first, but our country first.
Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a perfect leader, but I will end with his words from his Second Inaugural Address, pleading for peace and unity after the most divisive time in our country’s history, the American Civil War:
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, … and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”