"An Open Letter to the American People"
"How to Make American Great"
Rather than addressing the incoming President, as I have done in the past, I have decided to write this open letter to the American people, you and me. Though a common theme of this past election was that neither candidate was worthy, if we are honest, we must admit that political candidates reflect us. So, I address this to all of us, with a nod toward the campaign theme of the incoming administration. If you are reading this devotional, I would highly suggest you go to the church's website and read the full text of this sermon.
America will be great when we listen to the core elements of scripture. First, Luke 6:31: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." The Golden Rule. Even non Christians can repeat it. But what does it really mean?
Right now, look at your children, your spouse, yourself. Really look. What kind of health care do you want for them? Jesus says that is exactly the kind of health care you should want for everyone else. The same is true of immigration or any other issue. We should face it with the undergirding of the Christian principle that what I want for me, I want for others.
Second, I Corinthians 3:5-6: "What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."
Each of us stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, as a church and as a nation. America will be great when we share a sense of community, a commitment to the welfare and prosperity of all our people. Our diversity can be a strength when it is undergirded with a radical commitment to do what is best for our people, even if it is not what benefits me.
Third, Matthew 25:40: "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these...you did it to me."
America will be great when we open avenues for all to share in its promise and potential. This will only occur when we share a belief that what is good for everyone, makes it good for me. If the tide of prosperity only raises some of us, eventually all of us will suffer. Greatness seeks to include, support, and care for the least of these, in our backyard, in America, and all over the world.
This morning, as I ask myself the part I can play in making America great, do I want for others exactly what I want for myself? Do I seek to water the seeds of opportunity planted by those who went before me? Do I work for the prosperity and well begin of all our people? Will I define greatness as Jesus did?