Despite the evil in Charlottesville on August 11-12, I believe that most Americans are united in love and respect. My heart breaks for the loss of life, the visible hatred, and the hurtful visuals of protest that have stirred valid emotional pain.
The key to being a united nation is to love and respect everyone, every day.
Abraham Lincoln spoke elegant words we need to meditate on in his inauguration speech of 1861:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection … The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
With God’s help, let us appeal to the better angels of our nature.