Recognizing Each Other’s Humanity: Sunday Devotion #23

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1 Peter 3:8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit.

The Pledge of Allegiance has been recited for decades in our schools. In my elementary school, we were reminded each new day as we turned toward the American flag that as Americans, we were “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

I remember thinking that it meant that all Americans were connected, as if we were holding each other’s hands, and that nothing could break those bonds. That feeling of oneness always came to my mind when I traveled the world, particularly those times I travel as a woman alone, and found another American to talk to in Spain or Switzerland.

Today, the sense of “we-ness” seems lost, but I believe that we can recapture it by remembering that although we have different policy views, we’re human beings in need of sympathy, kindness, brotherly love, and harmony in our lives. It means recognizing each other’s humanity and being humble enough to allow each other’s right to have differing opinions. This is especially true for Christians, God’s people, whose oneness is built on love.

Jesus said told his disciples in John 13:34-35, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Let us move past the election and seek common ground that will allow us to once again feel as “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” recognizing that we can only survive this tedious journey together. After all, there is something that connects us to each other: our love for America.

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