Dear Church Family,

Tuesday, November 3, is an important date for our country! I don’t know about you, but I am glad the election will soon be behind us.

What I see today, as never before, is a divided nation. It’s scary and frightening. What bothers me more is the division among our own church members, as differing views and opinions are not received with respect.

Brothers and Sisters, the church needs to be above the angst we see in the world today. Jesus is in charge, and when we ask, the Holy Spirit will guide us in bringing people to Him.

Jesus is coming soon! We need to keep our focus on His return. Our churches should be oases of love and kindness in a society which is divided. We must love one another no matter what our political views. Christ’s church is a community where unity reigns. May we be Jesus’ agents of Good News, having understanding, and respect for all people.

In the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10 [NIV], “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

In your personal reflections, if you need to apologize to a brother or a sister for actions or words, please take time to say you are sorry.

As people enter our churches, our homes, our communities, they should feel loved no matter their views. They should be welcomed.

We will move forward no matter who is elected as president because God is ultimately in charge of our world.  We can have confidence in God as He knows what is best for us.

We must pray for the healing of our country, and we must remember our elected leaders in prayer.

It’s my prayer that each of us will recommit ourselves to engage in God’s mission. That’s what He wants us to do–putting the things of the world behind us.

May the days and weeks ahead be a time to restore love, kindness and grace in our homes, churches, and communities.

Your brother in Christ,

Ed Barnett, RMC president