There is More that Unites Us!

By the time you read this, we should know who will be the 45th President of the United States. While I can’t predict who it will be on this Monday morning that I am writing, the one thing I can be sure of is that nearly 50% of people will not be happy with the outcome.

It sure seems that more than ever we are a divided people over economics, race, politics, and many other issues. It also appears that many relationships are defined by differences rather than things held in common. The prevailing attitude among some people is that “you are either with me or against me.”

I still hold, however, that there is more that unites us than divides us. It just that our divisions are what have been highlighted over the past few years. How would things be different if we highlighted those things that we share in common? Things like:

• Joy at the birth of a child;
• Awe at a dawning sunrise or sinking sunset;
• Concern over a sick child, or sick parent, or sick friend;
• Love for our family;
• Excitement over “our” team winning the big championship;
• Enjoying a lingering meal with close friends.

These are common experiences of life that bind us together and provide common ground for building friendships.

Now, for those of us who are followers of Jesus, it is our faith in him that truly unites us and helps transcend all the things that try to divide us. For no matter what our race, party affiliation, or view of the election is, we are first children of God who have been redeemed by the work of Christ on the cross. We have all received the forgiveness of God when we did not deserve it; and we are all dependent on the grace of Christ.

Let us remember the words of scripture: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” Ephesians 2:13-14.

As we move forward from this divisive election, I encourage you to look for the things you share in common with people and put aside those things that only divide. Do your best to share the love and forgiveness of Jesus with everyone you meet...especially those who voted differently than you did!

Grace and peace to you.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee