Churches Send Mixed Message About Love and Peace

Last weekend, like so many other people in so many cities and towns across the country, I attended a vigil to remember the murdered victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and to add my voice to the other voices raised against hate and bigotry. The program was filled with more than twenty speakers: leaders from different faiths from all over our region stood to offer support and share their thoughts on the tragic event: leaders of the Muslim faith, Jewish faith, and Catholics, and Christians of many different denominations. They shared stories. They read from scripture. They asked us to pray for the victims and their families. And they asked us to pray for healing and for peace.

And as I sat and listened to them speak, I honestly found no solace in their words. I heard no hope. Reverend Steve from the Episcopal Church told us that he (of course) prays every day. In the last few years, he said, he has added “Please let there be no mass shooting today” to his daily litany of prayer. “Most days, God answers my prayers” he said. “But not every day.”

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Be Part of the Solution

If you’re not registered to vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you didn’t vote, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve never contacted your legislator, you’re part of the problem.
If you’ve ever voted for a candidate because of an ad you saw on TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Senators are, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t know who your Member of Congress is, you’re part of the problem.
If you know what’s going on in the Big Brother House but not the US House, you’re part of the problem.
If you get the majority of your news from TV, you’re part of the problem.
If you think someone else is going to solve the problem, you’re part of the problem.
If you don’t think you can be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Whatever the problem is, be part of the solution.