Grace and peace to you all!
Like everyone else, I’ve been caught up by the intensity of this presidential election. And lately, I’ve been asking myself, what about November 9? This election has revealed deep schisms that will not be instantly healed by one election day. What does it mean to be people of God who live in the midst of those schisms, once the election is over?
People came to Jesus again and again and asked him, “How shall we live?” And his answers were consistent: Love God with all you are. Love your neighbor as yourself. Care for those in need. Treat others as you’d have them treat you. Love one another.
If Jesus were here now and we asked him, “How shall we live on Nov 9?” I believe his answer would be: Love God with all you are. Love your neighbor as yourself. Care for those in need. Treat others as you’d have them treat you. Love one another.
I’m sure these commandments aren’t news. All the same, I have a deep sense that we need to remind ourselves of them. The temptation to demonize those who don’t agree with us is so strong – and has so often been encouraged, in the past months. But that is not how Jesus-people live. We live to love, to be God’s loving presence in the world. Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.
Thank God we have Jesus’ example – and thank God we have each other to sustain and support us as we seek to be God’s people in the world!