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The Great Divide(s)   Leave a comment

The relentless message we receive from the media is that we, in the US, are more divided than ever before in the history of the nation. We are divided over politics, morals, race, ethics, social policy… and the list goes on. And yet for those of us who claim to be Christians and who look to the scriptures for guidance, we are called to seek and value unity above all else (John 17:9-24). 

The upcoming election threatens to amplify and exacerbate our divisions. Do we have anything to offer that will demonstrate how unity can be cherished in the midst of differences in opinion and conviction?

My recent reading and listening has uncovered some really wonderful thinking that has been done on this subject and I want to share some of them with you.  They offer real help and hope in places where I often feel helpless and hopeless and are greatly influencing my thinking and communication right now. 

Firstly two books, both address the challenges with real life illustrations and practical suggestions 

Compassion and Conviction – The AND CAMPAIGN’S guide to Civic Engagement“ 

“Mobilizing Hope – Faith inspired activism for a Post Civil Rights Generation 

In January of this year Andy Stanley the Pastor of North Point Community Church gave a series of messages entitled “ Talking Points” which provide a great framework for riding out the storm together!

If you are concerned, as I am, that the church should do all we can to provide a clear and unmistakable witness in these times, that we can demonstrate that relationship and civility can be preserved, then I encourage you to read and listen widely. Engage with people you think you will disagree with as well as those who will make you feel comfortable. But don’t let it end there, talk (not text text or social media!) about these ideas with your friends, especially those with whom you think you might disagree.  Have these conversations not in order to change their minds but to understand one another better. (I know that, given the present restrictions, that is difficult but it can be done and it is worth it!)

One final thing I urge brothers and sisters in Christ I urge, regardless of what you hear on social media, or some else tells you, don’t allow a perception or assumption to divide you from each other. Take the time to listen and learn from each other. If I had a dime for every time I have heard the words” Oh I never thought of it that way” in the past few months I would be a rich man!!  

Posted September 8, 2020 by jolm15 in Uncategorized

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