Last week, I went on a trip to Northern Arizona, a trip ten years in the making. Along with four others, I finally got to see Flagstaff, Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Prescott. It was a lovely trip.
The scenery, of course was fantastic. We oohed and awed at the wonder of God’s creation – looking up at the red mountains in Sedona, looking down at the Grand Canyon. Pine trees everywhere and the aspen turning yellow. I ate some really great food, too.
I will remember this trip for another reason – the presidential election. After touring all day, in the evenings we watched the news, the debate, and the news of President Trump and the First Lady diagnosed with COVID-19.
The five of us were on different sides of the political spectrum, disagreeing on whom to vote for in this election. Some were undecided. Yet, we were civil, and watched the news, discussed the issues and reacted out of respect for each other (well, for the most part, there may have been a time or two when I lost it…but I did apologize!). We prayed together when the President was diagnosed with the virus.
This is what Christianity is all about: not what side you are on, not trying to get people to your side of issues, but learning how to live together when we disagree. Because we will disagree.
One of the last prayers of Jesus before he died was for the unity of future disciples (see John 17). Not that we would all think alike, but that we would stay together when we disagreed.
I think of the words of the Apostle Paul in that famous chapter called the Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
In this contentious election year, may we as followers of Christ, be examples to his kind of love and respect when we disagree.
All my love, Pastor Diane
You Are Never Alone: Trust in the Miracle of God’s Presence and Power By Max Lucado
Class begins Tuesday, October 13 10:00 a.m. in Classroom 5 (or by Zoom)
In this 6-week class, you will be comforted by the living, loving, miracle-working God who doesn’t think twice about stepping into the thorny thickets of your world to lift you out.
Contact Pastor Diane for reservations (625-5023) and let her know if you want to attend the class in Classroom 5 or by Zoom.
VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
2800 S CAMINO DEL SOL
GREEN VALLEY, AZ 85622