The events that we have seen recently in our country influence this article.  The shooting of congressmen and others at a baseball practice in Virginia has reminded those elected officials that there is more to unite us than to divide us.  It is unfortunate that it takes a tragic event to remind us of that, but we are people of strong opinions and those who oppose us can be seen as enemies.  The rhetoric following this year’s election of a new president and the main stream media’s attempt to elevate everything that is divisive have fueled the fire of hate and division, in my opinion.  We live in a society where it has become acceptable to accuse, berate, and belittle others who are not in agreement with our opinions, and I guess I'm not much different.  There are those who will disagree with my comment on the "main stream media," and that’s okay.  It’s just an opinion.  The problem arises, though, when we use our opinions to justify attacks - verbal, emotional or physical -  on those who have differing opinions.

I’m proud that our elected officials have set the example in recent days to show that, though we may disagree, we can still show mutual respect and common courtesy for one another.  Our most recent holiday, Memorial Day, originated as a grim reminder of what happened to our country when two sides got to the point of war, bringing about the most deaths of any war this country has ever fought.  The Civil War is an unfortunate chapter in our nation’s history, but it’s still a part of our history, so we can’t wipe it away.  A nation’s character is seen in times of conflict and tragedy, and our founding fathers had a blueprint that would bring to fruition a nation unlike any other.

Agree with it or not, our nation’s foundation was built on Judeo-Christian beliefs.  On that foundation, we see how a nation can survive even when nearly to the point of dividing.  I believe it was God’s intervention that brought about peace in that horrible conflict, and I believe He is still the source of peace in our lives today.  We have an opportunity, and an obligation, to be the agents of peace in our world.  Jesus chose to come into a time and place in history when conflict and division were just as real as they are today.  Isn’t it strange that two opposing forces, Rome and Jerusalem, would unite in an attempt to defeat this Messenger of Truth.  It’s amazing when you think about it, but again it points to the fact that we are all in conflict and rebellion with our Creator.  The cure came in Jesus Christ and regardless of what is said and done, there is nothing that can wipe away the Truth of our Savior and Lord.  So, let’s be the light and the salt that He has called us to be.  Let’s be the peacemakers, not the ones who delight in division.

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.  He is my chosen one, who pleases me.  I have put my Spirit upon him.  He will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or raise his voice in public.  He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.  He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.  And his name will be the hope of all the world.”  Isaiah 42:1-4

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."  Ephesians 4:29

May we all be filled with His grace and His peace so that we might be the conduits through which our world will be a place of peace, as we pray, “Come Lord Jesus!” 

God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good!

In Christ’s Love,
Rob
Romans 12