Commentators counting down the hours to Election Day make it sound like the doomsday clock is ticking away. One could think the world will end on November 8th.
On November 9th some things will be different. We will have a President-elect.
But – reassuringly – many things will remain the same.
- The God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow will be with us. God’s faithfulness will continue to endure forever.
- God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy will still be bigger than any political process.
- God’s truth abides. This remains true even after centuries of war, famine, poverty, hatred, and evil working to silence voices of hope and compassion. It will be true even after this nasty election season.
- We will still be welcomed into God’s presence – every single one of us.
The needs of the world – globally and in our back yards – will remain. Jesus said the poor will always be with us. We will need to remember
- The hungry and the homeless
- The lonely and the broken-hearted
- The food insecure
- Those who are poor in hope or strength, those who need a helping hand or a kind word.
We will still be called to love our neighbors. All of them.
We will still be called to love our enemies. All of them.
No matter who wins the election, I pledge to pray for that person.
- I pray that person will be surrounded by prudent and balanced counsel.
- I pray that person will have wisdom to accept the vast responsibility of leadership with humility and grace.
No matter who wins on November 8th, many people will be unhappy on November 9th. I pledge to discover ways to help us listen to one another.
- We will need to ask one another questions and promise to pay attention to the answers.
- I hope we can try to imagine what another person’s journey is like.
Deep divisions, mistrust, fear, and anger are with us now. They will remain after November 8th.
But on November 9th – and always – God will be with us, calling us to “bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and to comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61).
The world won’t disappear, but the world will need our help. Let’s focus on that.