The Day After...
In a little over a month millions of Americans will trek to their respective polling stations and cast their votes to determine who it is that will occupy the Oval Office beginning January of next year. I very much doubt anyone hoped that the two frontrunners would be the two corrupt self-servers that graced the debate stage a few nights ago, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles (or, in this case, that’s the way the cookie crumbles then bursts into flames consuming the entire package of uncrumbled cookies and leaving us with no options for a midnight snack).
But, c’est la vie.
I’m sure many evangelicals have already determined for whom they will vote (or, more pointedly, who they will vote against) and my goal here is not argue against either candidate (for I certainly cannot argue for either one) or to sway any opinions on the matter. I only want to ask a question.
What will you do when it’s over?
Barring some last-minute miracle or disaster…or miraculous disaster, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the President-elect just a few weeks from now. Neither are qualified, and both embody very real threats to certain demographics in our communities. No matter which one wins, someone near you will lose. Someone a door down or a desk over or two people behind in the check-out line will have their livelihood threatened by America’s next president.
How will you, church, love that person?
How can we, as the body of Christ, speak comfort to the afflicted, or be a refuge for those under siege by tyrants and abusers?
This question is just as important as that of “who will you vote for?”, if not more so, because our vote will likely not tip the scales or make the difference in this election.
But our posture and our attitude towards our neighbors threatened by government run amuck can make all the difference in the world.