Monday, July 2, 2018

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Hamilton: An American Musical  is coming to Des Moines!

Using hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music, soul music, traditional-style show tunes, and color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, this musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton.

My 15-year old granddaughter Elizabeth studied Alexander Hamilton in school and became excited about the musical. She, her mom, and I have tickets to see it at the Civic Center early next month.

In the reading I have done in preparation for this, I renewed my knowledge of what the Revolutionary War was all about and Alexander Hamilton’s role in it. He believed in a strong central government and was willing to sacrifice much to achieve it. He believed the individual colonies should work together rather than as separate entities. He believed they were a stronger force when united in their efforts.

How true that is for the church as well! We are stronger together when we . . . 
¨ welcome the stranger, whatever the age or skin color or language;
¨ work for equity for all God’s people to have living wage employment, comprehensive health care, and adequate housing;
¨ feed the hungry, whether for food or companionship or care.

We are the church, called to love and embrace all who are created in the divine image of God. And all means ALL. We cannot pick and choose whom we will love and whom we will not love. It’s not our choice. God loves all, and calls us to do the same.

It comes down to a matter of justice. What is the just way to treat others?

The last words we say when we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America are: “…with liberty and justice for all.”

Alexander Hamilton said, “I think the first duty of society is justice.”

Together, let us stand up, speak out and act for justice for all God’s children.

Practicing justice for all with you,
Pastor Candice

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