Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 27
July 5, 2021
America’s Birthday Party: Make A Wish!
“Make a wish and blow out the candles.” How many times have we heard that sentence? It depends on how many years we have lived. The wishes on my birthday have changed over the years. I remember when I was a kid wishing for toys, when I was older wishing for money. Now I guess I wish for more time with the kids and grandchildren. Now that we have celebrated our nation’s birthday I wonder what our nation would wish for.
My hunch is that she would wish for unity; putting our divisions aside and find common ground to work toward goals that all would be blessed by. I imagine that our nation is crying because of our current divisions. In my lifetime I can remember few times when we have been so divided.
I was shocked in this past year when I heard of a ministerial colleague who was pressured into resigning because he did not verbally support a president from the pulpit.
I was horrified when hundreds of my fellow citizens disrespected my capital by storming it. I was even more disturbed when several friends of mine were watching this on television and cheering on the crowds as if they were spectators at a baseball game.
It makes me sick when political parties play “parliamentary games” rather than have honest discussions and reach solutions to common goals.
I heard the story recently that a Bible study was disrupted. Two participants decided to debate politics instead of studying the Bible. It was sad that God’s word took second place to politics.
I wish for unity. I wish for finding common ground. I wish for politicians and supporters to act like grown-ups, not children arguing in a sandbox.
I have a hunch that The United States of America is making these same birthday wishes. Maybe we can all work toward these goals and give our nation the gifts that she wants.
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