Letter From Pastor Luther - November 2nd, 2020


Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone


Love Better!


Love Better! (Please!)

November 2, 2020 (Week 34)

Children of God:  Peace and Grace:

            For many weeks, you have seen me begin my weekly newsletter with a heading that reads:  “Love Intentionally, Love Inclusively, Love Universally, Love Completely, Love Everyone, always.....Love Better!”  It may have seemed to you to be redundant, or repetitive.  However, in the face of the world in which we live, I think such a reminder is appropriate; indeed, necessary!


            We are overwhelmed with the passion of the moment.


            Racial injustice is finally beginning to be recognized as something real in our world, and that reality demands recognition.  Some are jumping on that train, eager to speak the truth to a world that may well be beginning to be ready to listen.  Others are feeling equally as passionate in their distaste for the conversation, for their world and it’s a priori assumptions are being challenged as an untenable mindset, and in their heart of hearts, they know that they’ve never behaved in any manner that is intolerant.

 

            We are overwhelmed with the passion of the moment.


            The world is struggling with a pandemic of historic proportions.  For some, the federal leadership in the handling of this health concern has been a failure of epic proportions. (231,493 deaths in the USA alone, according to Johns Hopkins CSSE and the Tracking Project; 11/02/2020; 18:08 PST).  For others, the restrictions placed upon them by state authorities to limit economic and social activity is an infringement of their constitutional rights, which has had a devastating impact on their families and lives, and is driving many to an enduring despair.


            We are overwhelmed with the passion of the moment. 


            Election Day is upon us.  Some are terrified at the prospect of the re-election of an individual perceived to be of limited or no moral character.  Narcissism, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and general inability to communicate truth; are all seen to be constituent elements in this man’s being.  For these people, his opponent is genuinely a nice person, and competent leader.  Others are excited by this man, one who is perceived to be a “real person,” not a politician, genuinely interested in the economic well-being of the average person.   He is seen to be disinclined to the vacillations of the political mainstream and holds wide appeal among those dissatisfied with the lethargy and ineptitude of the governmental systems in place.  He is something of a savior for such folk, and his opponent is just one of the “old boys club,” who promises to increase taxes, and take away freedoms from the common person. 


            Please know that mine is not the disingenuous ranting of someone who can’t make up their mind.  Those who know me best will know that I have a rigorous and assured opinion of what’s true and what’s right and conversely, what’s false and dangerous.  However, I am more concerned that my brothers and sisters remain focused on God’s love, and their intrinsic need to love one another.  As Deacon Mindy recently said, “hate is easy; really loving takes some effort.”  We need to be ready to make that effort.


            Because of the significance of this day, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you all of the call that you have received from Christ Jesus.  This is no joke.  It is real, and it is of critical importance.  Irrespective of where you stand in the spectrum of opinion that is overwhelming us all at the moment, I want to remind you of your call. 

To Be Mature

4 1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. (MSG)

            St. Paul goes on to point out that all are different as they seek to fulfill this call.  Yet, we all are confronted with the same requirement to be mature in the pursuit.  That which draws us together is not common opinion; it is not common practice; it is not common sentiment.  More or less, half the country is going to be sad, disappointed, discouraged and disillusioned on the days following the election.  But the fact of the matter is that our lives will not cataclysmically be altered in those hours.  Indeed, despite our bitterness or angry-ness, there is a sense in which little will perceptibly change.  But our neighbors are still our neighbors.  Our family is still our family.  Life will go on. 


            That which draws us together and makes us one is the mission set before us by God the Father in our Lord Jesus, and in which we are absolutely called to be together.  That mission, that purpose, that raison d’être, is nothing other than love.  Love for one another, as God’s children, for all of whom Christ died!  We qualify how and when and why we must love, but God doesn’t.  God’s call is simple:   “Love Intentionally, Love Inclusively, Love Universally, Love Completely, Love Everyone, always.....Love Better!”


            And so tonight, I remind you to love.  Love Better!  Please.

            Pr. Luther




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