“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love.” Colossians 2:2A~NLT

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I turned on the news Tuesday morning. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to do so. But I did. And there on the screen was chaos and disarray. Fires burning large. Insults, rocks and bottles hurled about.

I was sickened. I don’t pretend to know the side of right or wrong in this matter. Really don’t know the details of it all. Nor the politics. And I’m not sure I want to. It’s easier to bury my head in the sand than to draw a line in the dirt.

But what I do know is this…two wrongs do not make a right.

This was wrong. It was destruction. No good was brought about by this kind of calamity and invasion of peace and property.

I watched in horror as the sickening scene played out, wondering if perhaps I had happened upon some terrible movie and not real life.

Yet, real it was.

Have we really become a godless nation? Have we forgotten that love invades all barriers and crosses all lines? That we are one nation under God?

Somewhere along the way we have left Him out. And when we leave Him out we self-destruct.

When Paul wrote to the Colossians on being knit together in love, according to the Blue Letter Bible Commentary, he was concerned about their unity. He knew that their unity and steadfastness was not just a matter of love, but also of growing together in God’s truth.

We no longer stand on, believe in, live out God’s truth. Truth hurts. Truth convicts. Truth exposes.

Truth brings light into darkness.

When we walk away from The Truth, God’s Truth, lines are drawn. We box ourselves in and others out. Unity does not exist. Love cannot cross the lines drawn and hatred runs loose and ugly.

Ann Voskamp said it like this “Love is not always agreement with someone, but it is always sacrifice for someone.”

Whether we agree or disagree, we should and must be “knit together by strong ties of love.”

We must be willing to sacrifice. Willing to take our toe and erase the lines drawn in the dirt. Willing to take up The Truth and love as we have been loved. Forgive as we have been forgiven.

To stand again as one nation under God. Standing on The Truth. To put God back into our nation, in our lives, and in our hearts.

We can start today, by erasing the lines and loving those in our own community.

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn