Well, my mind is racing in multiple directions when I hear and see what has happened and is continuing to happen in Charlottesville, and how the actions and mindsets of others is permeating our country.
It’s interesting that it becomes so political so quickly. People take sides and turn on one another. But, I look at it from a different view – as I’m sure others do, too – and I say: This is a spiritual, more than a political, issue.
What do we think of and how do treat other human beings that have been made in the image of God?
The answer to that question comes down to our spiritual life and our capacity to love. What we need to try to understand and better our divided country is not a bunch of rhetoric and language; what we really need right now is a heart of love that can truly only come when we’ve had an encounter with Jesus himself.
I’m not here to present sides or analyze the situation. I’m here to say we’ve all been made in the image of God and, as a result of that, we all have value and we all belong. God wants us to appreciate the unique giftedness that he has given each of us.
So, what the events of Charlottesville and all of the back and forth has caused me to do is to pray, examine my heart, and to lead Venture church and whomever I come in contact with to connect to Christ.
Do as Christ would do – whether that means you need to apologize and admit you were wrong or to step up and speak up in order to do the right thing, in the right way, in the right time. I know am working on getting rid of my own prejudices in order to best represent Jesus and do my best to be like Him here on earth.
We all have a part to play. I hope you evaluate what you’re thinking and what you’re doing as we reflect, contemplate on, and join together to reconnect our divide country.