Pastor’s Notes – Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Sometimes, I struggle with what I’m going to write about each week. I want this space to be meaningful to both me to write it, and to you all who read it!
It’s truly amazing when I have moments of “blankness” on what to write about; that when I least expect it, God will give me a thought or theme to write about and the words seem to flow faster than I can write them. My thoughts this week are on love!
There are three types of love that are referenced in scripture: Eros which is a love of passion or physical love. Philo which is described as affection, fondness or liking. The final type is Agape love. This is the type of love God has for us and the type of love we should all strive to have towards one another; but I will acknowledge that sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of more hate than love in this country. Hate coming from the President directed towards minorities, Africans, Haitians and “Dreamers”, (those youth and young adults brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents who came to America with a hope and dream to give their children a better life and greater opportunity for education and a career). When ‘#45’ spoke with such distain for these people I thought of John 1:46 “Can anything good come from Nazareth? Absolutely…come and see!!”
We must be careful to not remain silent to hate and lies and we must hold politicians accountable who profess to be Christians but go against the very teachings and principles of Christ through their actions, votes, political positions and silence.
The Bible is full of scriptures that instruct us to love our neighbors, to love those who are foreigners in our land and to love others as we love ourselves. Some of these scriptures are: Deuteronomy 10:19, Leviticus 19:34, Matthew 5: 43, 44 and 46, Mark 12:31 & 33, Luke 6:27, 32 and 35, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:8, Galatians 5:14 and James 2:8.
I acknowledge it’s hard to love those who undervalue us and our humanity; yet, we are required by God to do so even when that seems like an impossible task most of the time. There’s nothing in scripture that says we must agree with or even like ‘#45’ let alone those who hurt or sin against us; however, we are required to love and perhaps it’s the effort we are being called to make…to love, that is the important thing. I must remind myself (often) that even ‘#45’ is a child of God and because of that he is deserving of the love of God and me.
The Struggle to Love Everyone is Real, but with God it can be achieved!
Be a blessing…even when it’s hard!
Pastor Carla Mitchell
Rev. Carla Mitchell, Pastor
Rev. Stacy Smith, Presiding Elder
The Rt. Rev. John Franklin White, Presiding Bishop
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