by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
I probably keep up with what’s going on in Virginia, the United States and the world as much as, if not more, than most people. I listen to two different news stations on the radio in the morning, and I probably watch at least an hour of television news on different networks most days. Then there’s The Washington Post and various online news sources I’ll read. It’s important to me that I know what’s going on in this world we’ve been given.
However, I understand why some don’t want to turn on the news. It’s filled with details of scandals, wars, and people generally doing awful things to one another. Whether it’s in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria or many areas in America, people seem to have lost all focus of what it means to be civil, much less kind.
Maybe you’ve reached your limit of bad news. I get that. You’re not alone. I also wonder what God must think of us, God’s creation made in God’s own image, here on earth intentionally inflicting harm on our brothers and sisters. This was not God’s intention for our lives.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses this issue. He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” What a radical idea two thousand years ago, and what a radical idea today. That’s the good news we all seek. We worship a God who leads by example. Jesus walked the walk and talked the talk of compassion, forgiveness and love. It’s not always easy, but it’s also not an impossible task for us to do today (even during rush hour on I-495).
As you settle back into a post-summer schedule this fall, I encourage you to join a class here at Trinity. There’s no better way to find out the truly good news of peace.