Four years ago yesterday, I wrote my most popular blog post ever. It was the day after President Obama won his re-election campaign against Mitt Romney and my sense around social media and in the real world was that people had lost perspective on the place of American politics in God’s larger plan of salvation. “Why I’m Grieving Election Day” was read by more than 40,000 people in 24 hours. It received 140 comments and was shared thousands of times on Facebook. It struck a chord, to say the least.
That post is getting some retread this week as we once again go to the polls to elect a President for these United States. Once again, my Newsfeed and conversations are filled with people who are praying that their candidate would be elected, and that the future of American depends upon it. Mark Twain’s War Prayer would remind us that these prayers also includes the unsaid prayer that God would forsake the cause of the other side. Prayer is a dangerous activity, and we would do well to consider what it is we are really praying for before we list our candidate and his or her platform.
Here’s the thing: come tomorrow, or whenever this national nightmare is over, the call of Christians will be the same whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes the President-elect. We are to, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “not be weary in doing what is right.” As my friend Megan posted on a Facebook thread yesterday, “God’s still in charge no matter who wins tomorrow. But equally as important, our call to preach the gospel, free the captives, help the struggling continues no matter who wins too.” Or, perhaps better yet, as the Apostle Paul told the Christians in Thessolonica, “Do not be weary in doing what is right.” We can not let the world take away our impetus for love, which, I’m sorry to say, this election cycle has worked hard to do.
And so my word for today, both here and on my social media platforms is quite simple, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” If we can get that part right, as the Diocese of Ohio bumpers sticker reminds it, we will change the world.