The news of last Thursday seemed to be bringing the latest shocking stories to a head. But then, a video appeared of Rush Limbaugh, in headphones in his studio seeming to despair of America’s ever uniting and going forward together. This political division is impossible to live with. It is going to lead to “secession” – states separating from each other.
The fact is, we live two lives – a political life as a nation and personal lives as people. We care about out country deeply. We have a sense of what it means to be an American. And, believe it or not, it is still a great dream. It moves our heart and soul.
Time and again, we have come together to go forward – the Civil War, after Pearl Harbor, after the Second World War. After 9/11’s attack on the World Trade Towers by commercial airline planes. Someone rises. A President speaks eternal words of truth. It is an amazing phenomenon.
Even now, with the death of George Floyd, and the burning and the rioting – even the calls to “Defund the Police.” Earnest people who care demand a right way. Crime rises and we know we need the police. We need to teach and change the police.
Many of us have some who went into policing to be “Peace Officers.” For 25 years my son went out into the streets to stand for justice, to make things right. His wife believed he would always come home again. But she knew that some night he might have to sacrifice his life. But he lives, and did, honorably and faithfully. As did so many young men.
And my wife says we must stand with our fellow Christians of the black churches. And so, we’ve begun “Christian Visitors.” Small, but already touching and changing lives. And I will continue.
Friends on both sides emerge, and come together. There are ways. It will work.
Deep in our hearts, the call of our Lord is heard, to “follow Me.” And we will. It is not impossible. It is not hopeless.
Jesus asks for many simple things – not huge. He asks lives. He asks commitment. He asks love. He asks selfless service. He asks truth and justice. Doing the right. Many a Christian struggles to do just that.
To be writing. To love. To be true. We are living higher than the world realizes – even than we realize.
We need to know our history. To read the Bible’s story of God’s people. We need to read our family’s history, our church’s history. We need to be Pilgrims in our day. They sailed an ocean. We need to sail the waters of today. To clear the wilderness of our time. To think the best of each other. Like St. Joan of Arc said, “I will dare, and dare, and dare until I die.”
It is not all for nothing. It is for something, good and great. Keep that in our hearts. Keep hope alive. Keep believing. And so, doing. Let days of testing be a grand thing, by individual people who say, “I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.”
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. . ."