Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 18, 2019

Our theme is the reverse of an old saying. Aesop told us, united, we stand, divided, we fall. This conventional wisdom has echoed throughout history. Even the Gospel of Mark tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus offered a different view in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus will bring division to the Earth. Today we have this state of being, not just in our nation but in our homes as well. Many families have political diversity and a great divide has opened up.  The intensity of feelings has grown over the last few years. Despite this division, we are still standing. This year marks the 400th anniversary of slavery. While we have resolved the biggest issue, we have devolved into a culture war. It speaks to the foundation of how we choose to live our basic philosophy of life. Examples are white supremacy or racial equality, shootings or gun control, patriarchy or women’s liberation. There is no easy solution. There is hope though. We are still standing. We are still talking. We follow in the way of Jesus. Jesus does bring division between right and wrong, justice and injustice. We answer the call.