Thursday evening, June 15, 2017
I was asked to write a word in the Pilgrim Center's most recent Journey Out called "Wonders from the Desert." At the end I concluded, "There's a 'holy highway' across the world that God wants to be a path for peace in our time. The Pilgrim family is a growing company. It needs you to be a part of this new day."
Our work is good. And it is broad. And it is growing. And it is deep. And it is doing healing work. But, it will have missed perhaps its most desperate call if it fails to heed what is suddenly happening at the top and in the deepest heart of this country that birthed the Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation. This nation long ago was called to be a "servant nation" to the world. And it is the Church - the "Pilgrim Church, if you will - that needs to lead the way.
The news is out today that a special counsel will investigate the President of the United States for "obstruction of justice" in relation to the broader investigation of Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 Presidential election in the United States.
A radio talk show host tonight asked a writer from the Washington Post how long such an investigation could take. "A month maybe," he said, "or perhaps years." The new leader of the world's most influential nation for peace and democracy, will be hounded and dragged down from the huge and needed tasks the American people elected him to do. His health and his spirit will be under fire. HIs hours of daily service to the country he is trying to lead will be deflected from their central task.
The very country who called him is embarking on a broadside attack to defeat his work and destroy the good that he has set out to do.
In his defensiveness and sometimes petulance, as well as his abrupt and unruly manner, he has surely hurt himself. But, as the Speaker of the House has wisely reminded us, "He is learning. He has come from the world of business to the world of government." He has learning to do.
The Apostle Paul tells us God gives us leaders. And God it at work in their leadership. They need to be upheld. They need to be blessed. They need to be honored and encouraged. Our president deserves our prayers, and out of our prayers, our compassion, and our upholding strength.
And, we need to examine ourselves. Hatred is at work. Dismay and outrage at an election lost, is at work. Mean-spiritedness is at work.
We need to be healed of our anger. We need to humble ourselves and ask God how we can help our country and help our president. The raging spirit hurts us and destroys the good heart we need if we are to be a people of peace, working to reconcile an angry world to God and to each other.
Christ died for such healing work to be done. He died so that love could live in this world. He died and rose again so that God's children everywhere could live.
Let us who are "church" lead the way in building a new highway of hope and peace across the world. Let us be the bearers of love - the world's greatest power - to our world, in our time.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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