BY REV. DR. SARAH ROHRET -- CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Most people believe they are quoting Abraham Lincoln when they say: "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Actually, Jesus said it first, in Mark 3:25. Jesus said that in the context of himself being attacked and accused of being evil. Jesus responds by pointing out the good that he is doing healing people and points out that a person cannot say one thing and do another i.e.: house divided against itself cannot stand.
In the context of Election Day, I remind us sisters and brothers that we are Americans and we cannot stay divided or our "house" will fall. Though we go into the voting booth democrats, republicans, independents and libertarians, when we come out we must be Americans. We must focus on why we are better together, and that we need each other in all our diversity and differences and disagreements.
Unfortunately, in this especially angry election season, we have seen our neighbors as enemies rather than as siblings we disagree with. We have called each other names. We have demonized the person we don't want for president. We have called for violence and harm and threatened to leave if we don't get our way. Lord forgive us.
Jesus calls us to be better than this.
"I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven." -- Matthew 5: 44
After the ballots are counted, and the news shows declare a winner and speeches are made, some will be sad and some will be happy. But we will still be Americans, called to be ONE nation under God. We will have some work to do, loving our enemies, praying for those who hurt us and seeking to put our nation back together again. Whether you are on the "winning" or the "losing" side, the day after we need to be on each other's side. We need to be on the side of unity, compassion, forgiveness and love for our neighbor. A house united can stand strong together.