One of the most difficult things about running the blog of a church is demonstrating the way I see and perceive God, scriptures, the world around me without flooding the screen with my own personal opinions. I don’t want that to happen, so to actively attempt to avoid that here, I’m keeping this post as short as I can.
I wasn’t going to write a post for this week because I didn’t know how to turn Alan’s lovely pre-election sermon into a good post-election blog post. But I do feel a need to say something, so here we are.
There is a clear divide in America. Regardless of who you voted for (if you could and did) or which side of this divide you seem to find yourself on if you’re not on the line itself, the division is clear.
And I do not want to talk about the division here.
I want to talk about a way to unite us: love.
I know I talk a lot about love, but I believe that’s exactly what we need most right now. And not just in America, but all over the world.
1 John 4:11 (NRSV): “Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”
John 13:34-35 (NRSV): “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Colossians 3:14 (NRSV): “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV): “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”
Proverbs 10:12 (NRSV): “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”
These are just a few scriptures, but I think my point, and most importantly, God’s point, has been made. God overwhelms us with love so we can give it out to others.
I pray that you would be surrounded by love, that you would find it everywhere you turn. And when we encounter negativity, division, and hate, I hope we’ll all respond with love.
Please know more than anything that you are loved. By me, by Abstract Church, and above all, by God.
By Carrie Prevette
P.S.- If you would like to listen to Alan’s sermon, which I strongly encourage you to do, you can do so here: http://www.abstractchurch.org/sermons/.