Arousing the American Conscience

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  Matthew 22:39
As Americans, we share a faith in our democracy, in our Constitution, and in our justice system.  We must narrow, and eventually eliminate, the division among us created by those who have abused their authority and those who have sought vengeance in place of justice.  Thoughts of all the families who have been effected by the tragedies of past weeks and past years, who have been plunged into unimaginable anguish, should prick our national conscience.  An aroused conscience demands a unified embrace of American ideals that have cooled to mere embers in the wake of divisive rhetoric and relationships.  In reflection of God’s unconditional love for humanity and in harmony with Christian virtues, we must teach the nation what it means to love our neighbor.  We must demonstrate gracious, unconditional love for one another and an abiding sense of respect for the dignity and value of all the lives of our neighbors.  The church is a microcosm of what the Lord desires for the world, and if the world cannot see unconditional love in us then the world is doomed.  The complexities of the judicial system will prevent a speedy response; the biases of elected representatives will polarize an already fractured society.  Change must awake in our hearts to boldly reclaim our national purpose, secured with the language of Christian moorings, “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”  Our eyes must remain open to the reality that we must live with this purpose constantly in our focus and not simply admire our intentions.  Otherwise we risk the loss of our soul, our very humanity.  The sons and daughters of America in each generation have sought a country where these truths remained “self-evident,” yet the corruption of our national morals has plunged us into the dark despair of disparity and dissidence. The true hope for the revival of “liberty and justice for all” is for us to purposefully dedicate ourselves to the glorious virtues of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to the highest ideals of American citizenship, and to the greatest expectations of our concerned neighbors. All that remains is your answer to this question, “Will you love your neighbor as yourself?”

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