I am excited and anxious for the election. I am nervous and wanting it to be over already! I am weary of the seemingly endless parade of advertisements, phone calls and people just waiting to talk to me outside of the grocery, library and hiding behind bushes. Well maybe the last one isn’t true but it feels like it.
It feels a little like the night before your first day of school to me. You know you will survive, you know ultimately that you have done all you can to prepare and whether it turns out to be a good day or not (as determined by your own set of criteria), you will most likely survive. In what way however will we survive? With our sanity in tact? With anxiety heightened or lowered? With the ability to hold a conversation with loved ones who voted differently or will our houses be further divided?
Here is what I do know. Regardless of who wins, we will still be here. CNN ran a piece on their belief blog titled Voting in Loyalty to Jesus. It is about Christians choosing to focus on what unites us rather than what divides tomorrow night, after we have been to the polls of course. I am all for this. We have survived what I would call questionable presidential tenures in the past, we will survive the next one too – no matter who wins, no matter how good or bad the next presidential tenure is.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could figure out in the Christian community to have a holistic look to the gospel, a holistic look to all God has called us to and to be rather than choosing to be a one or two item community which is more interested in drawing the lines of who is in and who is out than in following the example of Christ to seek to open the way for more and more people? Wouldn’t it be interesting if we chose to be interested in politics but more interested in living our faith? Wouldn’t it be more than interesting but move right on to God honoring if we made each of our every day choices in such a way as if we were seeking to honor God rather than trying to angle for power or a donation or to fit it with the group who has most loudly declared their boundary is THE right one? I want to be careful here, this is a message specifically to the Christian community. I am not advocating no delineation of what makes a Christian or not, I am simply asking those who self profess to be within the community to be less concerned with legislating faith and more concerned with actually getting their own hands dirty and living it out themselves.
Tomorrow will be an interesting day. There will be those on Facebook and Twitter who will light up accounts depending on how things are going in their corner of the world. There will be those who spout off end of the world prophecy based on which candidate appears to be ahead at that moment. And then there will be those of us who are interested but realize there is still a world in need of the gospel and that simply will not change.