Much like the old leaders in Ezra, who wept at the laying of a new foundation because they were still attached to the establishment that was there before, when it comes to America’s second founding, our own nation’s ongoing reconstruction has often prompted mixed views, with many trying to silence what should’ve been shouts of praise.
This sermon was edited from a message delivered Aug. 25, 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis.
Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be," we pray.
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