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Religion: We Are Better Than That – Morgan Hill Times

My great-grandfather was a bishop in a small Christian denomination who started preaching on street corners. Crowds gathered to hear his message of God’s love. Eventually, he founded a church in Dayton, Ohio’s poorest district, conducting standing-room-only services. I look up to my great-grandfather, but I’m an Episcopal priest and we don’t usually preach on street corners. However, I recently started thinking about it.

Reverend Dr. Ernest Boyer

It is a passage from the first letter of John that did it: “Those who say ‘I love God’ and hate their brothers and sisters are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.

I read this and thought – not for the first time – how far we are in our country right now!

I’m not alone in this thought either. I’ve had countless conversations about this lately. You know what I’m talking about. I speak of the bitterness, hatred, division and violence that has taken hold of our land. I think we all look around thinking, “What’s going on here? Where is our generosity? Where is our kindness? Where is our openness to others? Where is our goodness? Have we lost it? Who are we anyway? What kind of people have we become?

Then I thought, “This can’t go on any longer. It’s not who we are, not really. We are better than that. Somebody has to say that.

It was then that I had the idea of ​​drawing inspiration from my great-grandfather and starting to preach on street corners. I won’t, of course. It’s not really my nature, and yet the idea that we’re better than that is at the heart of what I believe, so I’ll say it every chance I get. I say it again and again: we are better than that. As Psalm 8 says, God made human beings “a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.”

God made us good, and deep down we are good. The point is, there’s only one way to experience that kindness, and that’s by recognizing the kindness in others – all others. Even in those who are different from us. Even among those with whom we disagree.

The fact is that each of us is sacred. Each of us is a child of God. Everyone we meet is worthy of love, because we would learn quickly if only we could get to know them, that is, really know them. However, most of us lack both the time and the courage to do so. And yet we can at least give respect to people, to everyone.

Think how different things would be if we did that, if we treated everyone with respect. What do you think? I think it’s time we gave it a try.

Ernest Boyer received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2002. Since being ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church, he has served four parishes in the Bay Area. He is currently Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy. The St. Stephen website is https://saintstephensgilroy.org. He can be contacted at [email protected].