You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.
“He is Lord of all.” We believe that or we don’t. This has been a year in which the ugly tendency of human beings to hate each other – to make judgments according to race, creed, gender, or other characteristics -- has been on full and sickening display. We may never know why some people feel the need to categorize, judge, and hate. When the natural impulse of the human heart is to love, and when the teachings of Jesus and the disciples, as in today’s verse, are so clear, how can anyone choose to hate and to harm others?
We can pray for such people, but perhaps our first job is to look into our own hearts and souls, to make sure that they are aligned with Jesus, who is “Lord of all.” Not just our ethnic group. Not just white people. Not just Protestants. Not just Americans. Not just Western Europeans. Not just college graduates or blue-eyed people. “Lord of all.”
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA