Today marks the conclusion (maybe?) of one of the most contested, emotional, and uncivil campaigns in recent memory. Throughout the day, I’ll post some thoughts and prayers that I hope will keep us focused.
Today, we will exercise our right to choose.
Some of us will vote for Donald Trump.
Some of us will vote for Hillary Clinton.
Some of us will vote for another candidate.
Some of us will choose not to vote.
We make different choices for different reasons, with certain results in mind.
But today, while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, I ask that we take time to remember what truly unites us as the Body of Christ.
I pray we will remember …
That real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change — ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests, but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus.
That, through the Holy Spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of Jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor.
That freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is not free. It comes with a cost and it looks like a cross.
Our sin and our need to repent.
That the only truly Christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.
That our passions are best placed within the passion of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
That we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
That God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.
The body of Christ is united in Christ, and to confess the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another and from God.
That regardless of who occupies the White House after this election, Almighty God, You will occupy your throne forever.
Lord, hear our prayer …