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In his congregation’s newsletter, Pastor Rob Swinsburg of Westminster in Sarver, recently shared a letter addressing his concerns for our nation and restoring steps we can take. He felt compelled to share it with a larger audience. With his permission, we are publishing a version of it as a resource for churches in our presbytery and beyond.

THE DISEASE OF DIVISION

A Letter by Pastor Robin Swinsburg, Westminster Church, Sarver

Posted October 12, 2020

As we continue to battle COVID-19, there is another disease in our nation. It is the disease of division. 

I am writing to share a grave concern about our nation. We continue to live through the challenges of COVID 19, but I write about another serious sickness in our nation—the disease of “Division.” 

We are at war. Not with a foreign power but at war with ourselves.  Violence, murders, rioting and looting have become commonplace in our nation. We have become desensitized to it. As a grandparent of four grandchildren, I am deeply concerned about the country and world in which they will live, move and have their being. I am therefore seeking to contact all pastors, through our presbyteries asking us all to commit to three actions. 

First, pray! “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” James 5:16 CSB

Secondly, choose a Sunday to give a message specifically about “Division.” I am preaching on 1 Corinthians 1 which addresses division.

Finally, for a prayer of confession response, consider using the following from 2 Chronicles 7:14.

RESPONSE: If My People’s Hearts are Humbled

If My people’s hearts are humbled, If they pray and seek My face. If they turn away from evil, I will not withhold My grace. I will hear their prayers from heaven, I will pardon every sin. If My people’s hearts are humbled, I will surely heal their land.

May God heal our land and may we all humbly bow at the feet of the “Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.” Amen.