Pastor's Corner

22 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

Looking for ways to unite our country seems to become harder as each day passes.  Most people are looking for positive solutions to real issues but even the best of intentions can go wrong when the voices of division speak loudest.  Take for example the move against Goya Foods.  Goya Foods is the largest, Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. Founded in 1936 by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, both from Spain, the company has grown into a multimillion dollar organization that is known for its work in lower income communities.

The CEO of Goya is Robert Unanue and he has become such an inspirational leader that Presidents Obama and Trump have asked him to serve on advisory committees in the past.  A little over a week ago Unanue was asked to take part in the signing ceremony for President Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. During the ceremony Unanue said Goya was donating 2 million pounds of food to food banks in light of the pandemic. He also said, “We’re all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. And that’s what my grandfather did: He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder, and we pray – we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.” 

For praising President Trump’s work as a builder and offering his prayers for him, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julian Castro ask people to begin boycotting Goya products.  On what grounds? For the pounds of food that his company is giving away or for the millions of dollars the company has poured into communities in need?  No, Goya needs to go because the CEO said something positive about the President.

It’s just another example of how some with the loudest voice but most divisive intentions in politics have responded to those they disagree with.  They would rather see people go without than have a positive word said about their opponent. Refusing to give into to their hate, Casey Harper, a television producer in Arlington, Va., set up a fundraiser on to counter AOC’s campaign against Goya. His goal was $10,000 but at the moment sets at over $320,000.  “What if we rise up to say no to cancel culture AND feed the hungry at the same time,” Harper asked when he setup the gofundme.  

No matter your politics we cannot let hate blind us from what is right when it comes to showing compassion to those in need.  Even though we might disagree on issues that relate to governance, shouldn’t we be able to find common ground when it comes to the good shown to others?  Jesus told us that we would be able to determine the intentions of others by the “fruit” they produce. Sour grapes are being produced more often today than at any time in our country’s history.  Don’t let your politics blind you from the good that is being done for others, even if the other side gets credit.    

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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