Dear Friends,
Recently, our men’s group began studying a book called ‘Seeing Grey in a Black and White World’, by Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton. Sometimes people think of seeing grey as being wishy-washy and not taking a stand on important issues. Certainly, there are times when we are faced with either or answers, but very often wisdom results when we sit down and reason together and find that the answer is both/and. Our political landscape has sadly lost this ability to sit and listen and reason. It seems as if we put the worst construction on what those with whom we disagree think or say, while, at the same time, expecting them to put the best construction on our thoughts and words. As Christians, I believe we have a responsibility to offer a different way. In his book, Hamilton offers 4 ways to avoid speaking ill of others:
1. Remember Jesus’ command to avoid    making judgments that are not ours to make and avoid name calling.
2. To seek to understand our motivation to speak ill of someone. Often it comes from fear, jealousy, insecurity, or revenge.
3. Look for the good in the other rather than only seeing the negative.
4. Remember that I do not see the person the way God does. I may not know all the facts and certainly don’t know the person’s heart or past.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I pray that we might seek to be people of peace and reconciliation in an angry and fragmented world.
God bless,
Pastor Henderson