This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church.
In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote,“These are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls.” Those words could apply to our nation’s situation today. We find ourselves conflicted, divided and sometimes even angry. We think we know what is right and think the other is wrong. But are we positive that we are right? Could we imagine that the other might be right… or that even we both may be wrong?
Seems to me we need to pray for empathy. Empathy, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “understanding, so intimate, that the feelings, thoughts and motives of one are readily comprehended by another.” God gave us a brain, not to make us all-knowing, but to make us cognitive of our relationships with God and with our neighbors.
Asked “what is the greatest commandment,” Jesus answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hang on the two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)
As Christians, let us try to understand the feelings, thoughts and motives of one another. In doing so we can help save our beloved country.