Immediately following 9/11, I cringed every time I heard a plane fly overhead. Like so many others, I prayed for our nation’s survival.
That frightful event’s only bright spot was that it brought our nation together – for a short while. Since then, though, it seems as if we are increasingly fighting among ourselves. But are we truly each other’s enemies?
Lately, it seems that thin skin is quite in vogue, especially regarding politics – and sadly, even among Facebook friends. Why are we so divided? Is this divisiveness a byproduct of terror – causing us to turn on each other?
Starting with our families, churches and communities, we can rise above this distrust and hatred. We can begin by finding ways to serve, even if we end up helping those with whom we disagree.
Perhaps God will lead us to give money to or look for opportunities to help those who suffered property damage from the recent hurricanes, or those who were affected by the fires in many of our states, or by aiding the elderly and the disabled in our communities.
Would people who are trapped in a flooded house ask about the rescuer’s political affiliation before accepting his or her help? Or would parents whose infant child, saved from a burning home, resent the hero’s kindness just because he or she was in favor of closing the borders? And considering the many elderly and disabled people right in our own communities—wouldn’t they welcome someone’s help, even if their benefactor favored the “wrong” political party?
Romans 12:20a (AMPC) reminds us how we are to treat our enemies (or those whom we consider our enemies):
But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink.
How would our country change if each of us strived to obey Romans 12:20 more often?
The United States is still a young nation, but if we are to survive, we must unite as a people. And frankly, we might need each other even more in the future.
(Due to power and Internet outages, I revised a message from my archives. My husband, Bert, and I are praying for all who have been affected by the recent storms and fires.)
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- What are ways you can help the United States of America truly become united again – even in your own community?
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