By Pierce Drake, October 16, 2017
Columbine . . . 9.11 . . . Sandy Hook . . . Pulse Night Club . . . Michael Brown . . . Trayvon Martin . . . Dallas . . . Philando Castile . . . London . . . Paris . . . Charleston . . . Antioch . . . Manchester U.K. . . . Hurricane Harvey . . . Irma . . . Puerto Rico . . . Wildfires … s o m a n y m o r e
The very nature of evil is when we presume our own selves to have more value than anyone else’s.
It is this force that convinces us that we are more important than our neighbor, more important than God. It is this force which compels us to believe that our own desires trump love, peace, and justice. It is this force that tells us our value is negotiable, and it is up to us alone to protect and defend that value.
Last Sunday, with Hurricane Irma bearing down on the state of Florida, my wife, Jill Beck, and I gathered in the fellowship hall of Wildwood United Methodist Church, to “Facebook Live” a makeshift service to our people at Wildwood and Webster United Methodist Churches.