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From November 5, 2008

Colossians 3:13-14

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

RayMcDI am trying to wrap my brain around all of the unrest at the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President. I know when we talk politics in America – we can get down right nasty toward one another – even it seems – in the church. I know that neither candidate this time around were ideal candidates – IMHO. I know that both had major issues with their morals and ethics. Many said they had to vote for the lesser of two evils – not a good place to be in as we elect the President of the United States.

On November 5, 2008 – I write the below blog post. It was a tough time in our nation as we elected the first president of color. There was unrest after that election as well – although I don’t remember the protests and riots that we are seeing this year. I pray the protests settle and soon we will begin – especially as the church – praying for president-elect Donald Trump. I know he comes with loads of baggage and many are having a lot of pain and anguish at his election. I pray he does a good job. Remember – I supported neither candidate. Here is what I wrote in 2008.

I am blessed to be the pastor of Mt. Oak Fellowship – a growing multi-racial church – for such a time as this. We are diverse in many ways including race – age – political party – and economic condition – just to mention a few.

It grieved my heart today that one of our members reported on his Facebook that racism is at an all time high today – referring to the reaction of some to the President Elect – Senator Barack Obama.

As Christians – as members of a diverse community of faith – we must stand with one another and not allow racism or bigotry to be aired by us or in our presence without some retort. God is a God for all people. Our church – Mt. Oak – is a place all should feel welcome. We should be a model for the community to see – God’s people working together and respecting each other.

We cannot allow people to speak in a detrimental way about others. Won’t you pray and STAND up with me and let those around you know we love all of God’s children – red and yellow – black and white?

President Elect Barack Obama might be a true picture of unity. Born of black and white parents – raised in multi-cultural places – he can be claimed by us all. Whether you voted for him or not – he is the President Elect and I pray a unifying figure in a climate of racial unrest.

Pray for his safety and for the safety of his family as they represent us for the next 4 or 8 years as our President. Mt. Oak must stand up and be counted as a place where harmony is evident and where we are gathered together in our diversity. We are different in many ways but we have one God and one faith – the truth – found in the Holy Bible. Stand with me.

Today I write – I am blessed to be the pastor of First UMC of Laurel – a growing multi-racial church – for such a time as this. We are diverse in many ways including race – age – political party – and economic condition – just to mention a few.

It grieves my heart today that some of our members have reported on their Facebook pages that racism is at an all time high today – referring to the reaction of some to the President Elect – Donald J. Trump.

As Christians – as members of a diverse community of faith – we must stand with one another and not allow racism or bigotry to be aired by us or in our presence without some retort. God is a God for all people. Our church – First Church – is a place all should feel welcome. We should be a model for the community to see – God’s people working together and respecting each other.

We cannot allow people to speak in a detrimental way about others. Won’t you pray and STAND up with me and let those around us know we love all of God’s children – red and yellow – black and white?

President Elect Donald Trump may end up doing a good job – in spite of the concerns that some have about him. He might end up being a good president – I can remember several presidents in my lifetime that I didn’t support that turned out to do a good job. Whether you voted for him or not – he is the President Elect and I pray a unifying figure in the current climate of our nation.

Pray for his safety and for the safety of his family as they represent us for the next 4 or 8 years as our President. First Church must stand up and be counted as a place where harmony is evident and where we are gathered together in our diversity. We are different in many ways but we have one God and one faith – the truth – found in the Holy Bible. Stand with me.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

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