Beloved of God,
I write this the day after our national elections knowing that we have many different views and opinions about the results. One of the beautiful things about our Synod is that we accept our diversity and celebrate our differences. I am especially grateful today for that spirit of acceptance that prevails in this place.
Whatever each of our personal opinions about politics and government, we share the belief that all people are created in the image of God and that it is our responsibility as the Church to demonstrate the core Christian values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control as described in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. This election has been characterized by powerful emotions, divisive statements, and hostile behavior. We must take this opportunity to model the fruits of the Spirit to a hurting, anxious nation and offer love and acceptance to our neighbors. We must acknowledge that this season of anger, hostility, and division has only served to isolate us further from one another. Christians are called to community. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are called to offer grace to a broken world.
I pray our churches will be places of hope, grace and comfort in the days ahead.
May the God of peace bless and keep you,