Nov 11, 2012
Sermon delivered on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.
Patrick Henry (in 1799) famously said, “United we stand; divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” It is said in different words in the Bible, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Mark 3:25
Democracy works because we are united by a vision and set of values larger than any party, platform, or position. All Souls is the same, in that there are often people on both sides of every social, political, and economic debate who call this church their home. We have been successful in being able to hold divergent opinions and disagree while still retaining our loyalties to our church home. This spirit began at the founding meeting of the church.
On this Sunday following a national Presidential election, we share the spirit that binds us together as a nation and a church even when differences could divide us. It is good to be reminded of our highest ideals, as well as what has inspired the best of the best to remain loyal to something higher than their own opinions, agendas and biases. It is the root of greatness.
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