Like so many of you, I continue to be heartbroken by the scenes of violence in our nation’s capitol. People have the right to voice opinion and even protest but they should be peaceful, orderly and respectful. Voicing differences is part of democracy, but violence should never be tolerated. Words matter. And words of our leaders matter even more. Our country should not harbor hate or incite violence. It seems for some time instead of listening to each other we have instead been engaged in name-calling and blaming. We seem to have lost the art of civil discourse and respect that is such a vital part of democracy as well as civil life. I hope we can all begin to heal and put aside differences and work together as one nation as we welcome President Elect Joe Biden next week. Part of this is to learn to treat each person with dignity and respect and work for the good of all. Our Lord gave us a great guide on how to treat each other which has become known as the Golden Rule that people have treasured and tried to practice down through the years. I offer it again for all of us:
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12)
I hope you will join me in praying for a healing of our nation and all of our hearts and lives as we try to unite together and work for the good of everyone. It is time to put aside differences and work together. Let us welcome our new president and work toward a new attitude.
Join me in praying for our nation: Most High, grant that we may discover again the value of each person, and help us to put aside the enmity which divides, and work toward the good of all. Help us to learn again to listen to each other respectfully, to act with kindness, to work for justice for all, and walk humbly as we follow you with a renewed vision. Amen.
Blessings in Christ—Pastor TJ
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.