With Malice Toward None

There are few statements that are as brilliant and beautiful as this one. Every word counts. Every word has meaning. Together they create something far greater than the sum of the parts.

It finally fell upon Abraham Lincoln to put an end to this evil, even though the cost was extraordinary.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. Abraham Lincoln

In his second inaugural address, he uttered the words above.

Read each line several times and read the entire statement as a whole several times. Allow its vision, its courage, its humility, its determination, and its sense of holy responsibility sink into you.

There is more work to be done in binding up the wounds of our nation. These wounds are still raw. The racial divisions are still deep. The pain is still immediate for so many.

Christianity, when we are at our best (and we are not always at our best) understands that in Christ Jesus, all the dividing distinctions of humanity are overcome. Black and white, Jew and Gentile, female and male, young and old, Republican and Democrat, capitalist and socialist, and any other dividing distinction you can imagine, are all overcome in Christ.

We have more work to do to be the people of God. We have more work to do to be “we the people of God” who are pursuing the purposes of Almighty God on earth.

May Christ empower us to be his multicultural people who love the diversity of his creation and rejoice in the many strengths of different people.

Hopefully yours,
Pastor Brian

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