In a time when the land we love is divided in our vision of America’s meaning and purpose for the world, it has seemed increasingly clear that the work of restoring America’s soul is the work of the Church.
Institutions like government, and a university, and family, and community can play their part but responsibility rests primarily with the church. It rests with those who deal with the heart and soul of people. Who understand what the “soul” of a nation is, has been, and can be.
I believe the church is called by its Lord to do this work not just in the denomination form to which it subscribes. But in its best understanding of the Christian character for all churches.
We begin with: “Jesus is Lord.” Jesus is the Lord and Teacher. Jesus is the Divine Son of God Who came down from heaven to save us from the ego and pride that prepared the way for our sin and turning away from His Father in heaven Who had made us, and made “all things bright and beautiful” for His family on this earth.
Our life centers in Jesus. And Jesus and the Cross make us humble. And forgiving. And able to love, and do the work of patiently restoring human lives. All delicate business for sure.
These gifts are sought after in all denominations of the church. They are the common stuff of the Christian’s life, and the church’s life.
We may go about the same work differently – but the heart is there, as the same, in all of us.
And so Americans, with a country we love together, we can find our way to the commonalities that bring us together.
We would be grateful for your prayers for Molly’s little “Christian Visitors” program, which is welcoming willing visitors to show up as fellow Christians who care, back and forth, at Zion Baptist and Colonial Church, as we get into September. It’s a small step, but we hope important.
Bless you as we feel our way together in these – at the very least – “interesting times.”
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. . ."