Healing America’s Divide

all lives matterMy heart breaks for this nation which seems to become more and more divided by the day. This has been a horrific week in America and all I can say is God, we need you. This is not about black versus white, this is not cop versus citizen, all lives matter.

The facts in the cases regarding two black men being shot are not fully known and an investigation is under way, yet that did not stop thugs from gunning down officers in Dallas last night. I honestly don’t know what to say. We need love and respect for each other in our nation again. We are so polarized with left and right we are tearing each other apart. I fear we are headed for another civil war.

I have a suggestion for us; if you are on the Christian right, read some books by those on the left. If you are on the Christian left read books by those on the right. We need to enlarge our circles. It’s no secret I’m a conservative but the truth is there will be liberals in Heaven. There are those on the left who love Jesus they just apply the teaching of loving your neighbor differently than I do.

There used to be a day in America where the left and right had the same principles but different methods, big government and smaller government. Nowadays it seems the chasm between the two is so big no one can get across.

Can we just agree that not every cop is bad, not every black is a suspect, and not every white is a racist?

Is there any common ground between us anymore? If we are in Christ the answer is yes. Can I tell you the answer for our nation is not Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or a third party. The answer for our nation is for the Church to be the Church.

The left and the right need to get back to the place of civility and understanding one another. We must call out all leaders who try to divide us by race, politics, or social class. It is crucial for us to listen to one another, not for the ability to argue but for the purpose of understanding.

I don’t believe that by listening to each other we will be converting each others politics but I do believe we will be able to find common ground. I don’t think any sensible person would want a cop who has done wrong to go free or for a black man who has done wrong to go free. I support any civilians right to stand trial and I also support the same for a cop who used his gun because he saw no alternative, in both cases, the law and courts should provide justice not vigilantes.

The Church in America right now needs to come together and get on our knees for our nation, for the upcoming election and for racial healing. In the upper room the disciples were in unity and the Holy Spirit came. In order for healing to come to our nation the Church must come together.

The ball is in our court. As much as I disagree with the left, I picked up some books today written by leaders of the Christian left, I will read, I will learn, my goal is to find common ground, I will pray for the healing of our nation and the unity of the Church.

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