There are a lot of things I love about my current job. But there are things that make it really hard sometimes to be here. This morning, I was reminded of all of these factors as I arrived after the first election that has gone my way since I started working here. It’s not easy being the only one disappointed in the way things turn out when stakes are high… but it may actually be harder winning.
I’m sadder today than I was 4 or even 8 years ago. Why?
Because the man I saw graciously concede last night did not call over half the country “Godless” because they voted against him. Yet many of his supporters (and some of my co-workers) seem to see it that way.
Because the man I saw accept the most daunting Presidential challenge in a century did not toss aside those who opposed his candidacy. He explicitly acknowledged how critical their hands will be in the work ahead. But so many of those who say they want the best for all (including for the least among us) aren’t even willing to listen, much less accept that call to help.
Because people are so wrapped up in their “the sky will fall is they win” mentality that they can’t even take the time to notice that HISTORY was made yesterday. The nation spoke and a great cross-section of its people said that all of the people God made in such beautiful wondrous variety are equally endowed with the right to hold the highest office in the land.
When people say that they are going to pray for our country, I hope that’s true. Not the prayers of the oppressed and fearful, but the prayers of the faithful who know that no one could possibly guide this country without the support of as many believers as possible. They should be praying as fervently for our new president as they did for our last. Maybe even more-so, as Obama will have to work to reign in some people’s expectations and even as he raises the hopes of others.
What if we put as much passion and energy and time as was spent pre-election (to get one side or the other into office) into the work of God’s Kingdom? Can we make a difference by
…Caring for the hungry and those on the brink
…Seeking out places of darkness and bringing in the light of hope
…Building bridges of unity and understanding between races, creeds, and generations
…Humbly loving those people we don’t understand, expecting nothing in return
…Praying for each and every person in authority to seek out and hear God, then to respond fully to God’s call on their lives and careers.
…Trusting God to work in and through those leaders, whether we voted for them or not
… Being the people and the Body of Christ that God calls us to be, regardless of who is sitting in the seat of earthly power.
Yes We Can.