Is the election a vote or a veto?

Last Sunday’s sermon time was a somber and sobering experience considering it was Reformation Sunday, one of the big celebration Sundays for Lutherans. The context of the message was posited in a series of tragedies all within 72 hours: the apparently racially motivated murder of two African-Americans in Kentucky, the apparently politically motivated attempted assassination of more than a dozen political figures by mail bombs, and just the day before, the killing of 11 people at a Jewish temple in Pittsburgh apparently motivated by anti-Semitism.

The extreme examples of division and extreme hatred were in stark contrast to the message of the day, which was to be one of God’s grace re-forming us, re-joining us and re-fashioning us into the common humanity, the whole…

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