By Michael Braun, News-Press.com (Fla.).
Terrorism here and abroad and all the fallout from those acts can’t be allowed to hardened hearts and overrule the teachings of God that promote peace, justice and love.
That was the message provided to the members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers on Sunday by the highest official of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Heath Rada.
Rada was the first moderator of the PCUSA General Assembly to visit the 550-member congregation on McGregor Boulevard.
“I think he reflected very solid PCUSA principles,” said Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, who leads the local church. “I think what stands out was he was very reflective of the fact that Presbyterians find themselves in different places on the issues.”
Rada, who has served as president of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., and as CEO for The American Red Cross in Virginia, spoke during his sermon on the shooting in Bakersfield, Calif., last week as well as the activities of terror groups such as ISIS.
“What’s happening right now is so fresh and people are reeling. They don’t know what to think,” he said. “The PCUSA has traditionally been a church calling for peace, justice and love.”