Do you have just a minute? I’ll keep this short. I have a question I want to ask you? How can we possibly come together around the issues that divide us? There’s so much we increasingly disagree about. Yet that is a thought that set up me up for one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
I was in church. Can’t remember if I came with a cold heart. But the man up front talked about the war that night. First he honored those who had sons and daughters in Iraq. Then he honored those who were against the war. Then he said, isn’t this something? In this room we have those who are for the war, and those who are against it. Here in this room we have Republicans, and Democrats, and Libertarians. Among us are the rich and the poor. So why have we come together.
He pointed to a symbol of public execution that I think of now as a white flag. He talked about an event that amounted to our crucifixion. He invited us to think together about the awful death of the best man who ever lived.
Then, in a room of thousands, we had a chance to voluntarily eat a peace of broken bread, and drink from a red drink in remembrance of the surrender that won the ultimate battle, and gave us a basis for unity– in the middle of all of the things that divide us.
As we remember the death and suffering of our Savior today, can we think together about the implications for our unity, even as we are disagreeing about the economy, public policy, the election, and even whether we like the men or women who are leading us?