Today is the big day! Election Day is finally here, which makes me very happy because this election cycle has felt grueling and long. Emma, my wife, preached at ACCESS this past Sunday evening, and she insightfully said that on Wednesday morning we will all wake up and dislike about half of the people in our country. We’re taught to do that. Our society is constantly dividing itself into groups and those groups seem to be growing further apart as our country becomes even more polarized.
On days like today, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety and chaos. Many of us will be glued to our TVs tonight watching the results of each state, celebrating or growing tenser as the electoral votes are tallied.
While I definitely have a personal preference for how tonight turns out, my main prayer today is that peace will be present in the midst of this chaos. Our political rhetoric has grown so angry, that I pray the Church can help to be a beacon of peace and reconciliation.
No matter what happens today, may you find peace and assurance in the fact that Christ loves us all, everyone is welcome in the house of God, and God’s grace transcends our differences and has the power to draw us into community despite our political divide.
You are loved, and I hope that you will help us all to spread peace today, and not add to the negativity that has dominated the 2016 Election.
Peace be with you,