The Spirit of faith has called us to be one, the love of Christ connects us to each other, the grace of God holds us in community, as children of God. And like the Triune God is one, so we too are one in God, through Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The presidential candidates have shown us their way of leadership. One way feeds on fear, encourages hate, unleashes the violence, and ultimately will lead to destruction. One way maintains the fear, hate, and violence that already exists in our country, maintaining a peace of privilege and power. The final way seeks to educate and raise awareness, promotes community, desires restoration, and ultimately provides hope for all who struggle. There is only one way I can vote. “Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.”
To make perfectly clear, this is a fictional scenario given to me in preaching class, in order to practice the struggle of preparing and preaching a difficult funeral sermon. However, this scenario is all too often a reality for many schools and church youth programs. My prayers for anyone whole has suffered this type of loss in their life.