Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Regardless of who wins the Presidential election this Tuesday, I believe we will continue to face a deeply divided nation. In the midst of the anger and fear that seems to drive our politics and media, I encourage you to speak words of reconciliation, respect and hope that are at the heart of the good news of Jesus Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul writes, “If anyone is in Christ, there is new Creation… All this is from God who reconciled himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…” Over a year ago we saw the power of reconciliation at work through nine families of Mother Emmanuel who spoke words of forgiveness and grace to Dylan Roof. A wave of grace and forgiveness poured out across this state, nation and would by their example.
In this election year we have heard an unprecedented toxic, judgmental and hate filled words and accusations from both parties. We all need to do everything we can to diffuse this rhetoric and remind our congregations that Christ our King shows us an alternative reality not based upon power politics, money and influence, but rather relationships based upon forgiveness, mercy, grace and peace. If ever there was a time that people need to hear this good news of Jesus Christ, it is this time that we are living in.
Thank you for your witness to Christ’s reconciling love for all humanity. Thanks for your witness that national politics and elections do not define our worth and deepest identity. You continue to be in our prayers as you speak and live out the good news that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself and entrusting to us the ministry of reconciliation…”
Bishop Herman Yoos