“What we have to recover is our original unity.” – Thomas Merton
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“This I command you: love one another.”
I often hear people loudly proclaiming that we are a Christian nation.
May I ask how we are a Christian nation when we are failing across the board at the very basic foundation of Christianity?
Jesus commanded us to love one another.
We’d be hard-pressed to find wide-spread evidence of this being carried out.
Jesus said the greatest two commandments were to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).
He also commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
Are we even remotely following any of these commandments on a national level?
As G.K. Chesterton wrote in his book, What’s Wrong with the World: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
As I witness a tremendous lack of love in our discourse and actions, I realize I am guilty as well.
I look out and see in others the ugliness that resides deep inside of me.
I realize that I can only change myself.
I have to examine my conscience and hold myself accountable.
The truth is, I am probably incapable of loving perfectly without Grace.
God is all loving and merciful.
When I admit my failures at loving all people, God graciously forgives me.
This is what gives me hope.
I realize that I am not meant to be guilt-ridden but grace-ridden.
It is up to me (and you) to be vessels of this Grace to all of creation.
It starts now.
Let’s do this.
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