I wrote an article on Monday specifically so that I would not be tempted to write one today, the day after the election. But for about fifteen hours now, I have seen fear and worry, anxiety and depression, anger and rage, hopelessness and restlessness, and a crashed Canadian immigration website. So I have opted to revise.
We talk a good game about unity as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The beauty of our movement is its greatest challenge — how do we understand the spectra of diversity across lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, politics, worship styles, and all that other stuff? How do we affirm that we are better together than apart, and how do we hold each other responsible to the covenant we make together in the spirit of love and understanding? Just we as work on it in the church, we must go into the world and work on that as well. If you watched the election returns like I did last night, you too have seen a frustrated and divided country. We have an obligation to those we love and even those we don’t, as it were.
We talk a good game about justice here at Midway Hills. Some of the most enormous worry I have seen (and personally experienced) comes from people in minorities that are worried about their rights being stripped, trampled or questioned in the coming years. I will remind you that through the history of electoral politics in the United States, there have never been sweeping, immediate conflicts, nor anything done by mandate that cannot be protested, repealed or revised. Not with Andrew Jackson. Not with James Buchanan. Not with Richard Nixon. Not even with Barack Obama. We have voices to speak for the voiceless. We have the calling to do unto others as we would have done unto us on our hearts. If things hit the fan, we’ll do the hard work together.
We talk a good game about loving one another as well. I remind you that we are one people, all created in the image of God. We have constructed divisions and sown dissension — I’m guilty of it as much as everyone else. But we can also intentionally seek to find that which we hold in common. Politically, that’s to be one nation indivisible; to go at it from faith, it’s to show we are Christians by our love. Love is hard. Grace is hard. Peace is hard. Justice is hard. And yet, it’s what we’re called to do, for what we have been given is what we must share. Together. All of us.
If you need to talk this week, know I am around and available for you. On Sunday — and Sunday will come — we are going to celebrate the resurrection of the Holy Fool of God, Jesus Christ, and what he calls us to do in living simply, intentionally, and for one another. I look forward to seeing you then.