Community Presbyterian Church - Remarks Regarding the Presidential Election

 

 

Remarks before the Prelude, made by Rev. Michael Vaughn

on Sunday, November 13, 2016

"We are going to start worship today with a minute of silence -- in observance of national and world events.  Veterans Day, November 11, 1918, started out as Armistice Day in 1918 -- a memorial to the human cost of war and the communal expense of peace --a memorial to the millions swept up in what at the time was called the war to end all wars – which did not end all wars.

The early 20th century and the year 1918 was a time of great culture change.  In Europe:  economic, political, national, and religious forces were all in turmoil and conflict.  The United States: a sleepy giant that reluctantly, slowly saw it had responsibility to the world community.  This conflict afterwards called World War One did not really end; it was fought to exhaustion.  Ending not with a real solution – just an armistice – a break – a time out.  A false, unsustainable pseudo-peace which then seeded World War Two.  Then came a cold war that seeded where we are even now. 

I will also co-opt today for our minute of silence --the elephant in the room – our national presidential election last Tuesday.  Whether individually we are pleased or not -- we knew we would gather here together today.  We are people of faith, people of the book, people of the Kingdom of God, and not people of something partisan.  I am confident as we diverse people assemble today, we all, in advance, intended to pray for our new president-elect no matter if it was a him or her. 

We live, as you know, in time of great culture change – economics, demographics, the purpose and use of institutions; e.g., schools, churches, other organizations.  Even the very social contract between us is in flux -- some even call it a culture war. 

We need to honor the lives and civil sacrifices of the past and beware of the danger of fighting this cultural, polarized clash to exhaustion or no sustainable solution --not just slather over or just take a break.  The social contract of our patriotic duty requires more.

It is our spiritual duty as well – God is Sovereign.  To think or feel God needed so and so to be leader so God’s will can be done – is nonsense.  God is Sovereign.  And to think or feel, ‘If so and so is leader, then God’s will be thwarted’ – is also nonsense.  God is Sovereign.

So – let’s have the minute of silence – in healing and memory of those who sacrificed to protect this nation – and also in healing of the current civic rancor among us that must die – not just in order that we can continue to be this great nation, but more so we can faithfully live towards the Kingdom of God -- to the glory of our even greater Sovereign God."

 

-Pastor Michael Vaughn

 

 

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