We hunger, we thirst for righteousness, O God. Our hearts break, our spirits sag at the news again of justice undone, of a family another black family in endless grief.
Bishop William Gafkjen, Ind/Ky Bishop ELCA


This week has been rife with bad news, sad news, fake news, hard news; good news seems buried and just not that interesting. So many of us are in a state of lament, and rage, and some of us sit by shaking our heads in disbelief at the state of our country and wonder, when will this end? It is silly to think that an election will rid us of these feelings. For in the world of winners and losers, there are still people who are suffering from hunger, and loneliness, needing justice and a cure from the sin of certainty and plague of coveting.
The state of sin in the world is the same as the state of sin from yesteryear, Eden even. Sin changes and morphs into our language and behavior, but sin is sin and when we feel we are getting ahead by stamping out sin (impossible), Satan rears his ugly head and jumps up and bites us in the …apple.
Our ability to overlook bad behavior, rudeness, name calling, slanderous advertising, is another way our sin life has crept into our everyday living. We have made lying and rudeness into an idol. Whom ever can do it better wins! Inciting fear over hope, is sin. Please just stop.
We have 38 days left until the election. What if we collectively made a pact to guard our mouths and our hearts around the conversation of our candidates and their opponents. We really do all want the same thing, to be loved, to live in a community that is safe, to have a living wage that includes health care. We all want dignity, and we all want to be able to sleep in our beds knowing that we are safe. We can do better.

Noblesville’s Teri Ditslear is a pastor whose column appears Saturdays in The Times. Contact her at pastor@rolcommunity.com, on Facebook or at www. rolcommunity.com