BY REV. CLINT LOVEALL -- SPIRIT LAKE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
I read once that the Chinese have a saying that translates, "May you live in interesting times." However, it's not exactly clear if it's a blessing or a curse.
Either way, "interesting" may not do justice to our current season. A long, exhausting, nasty campaign season ends with an unprecedented election followed by massive backlash and protesting.
If there was any doubt that we live in a deeply divided country, it seems to be even clearer now. During the campaigns, I heard from countless people who felt like they were choosing the lesser of two bad choices, which seems to have inevitably led to tremendous numbers of people disheartened with the results.
Regardless of how you feel about the election, those of us who follow Christ are called to model love, justice, and faith.
Too many Christians have been taking joy in the unhappiness of those who "lost," and too many have been expressing hopelessness over the results. It seems worth repeating that before we are democrats or republicans, or even Americans, we are Christians.
We are blessed to live in the United States, but scripture reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven. Ultimately, our hope is in our Heavenly Father, not our elected leader.
In a time of deep division, it's the task of Christ's disciples to model respect, grace, and love. We have no other choice. We must care about those who are feeling disenfranchised, and we must not be voices of despair or bitterness.
However you feel about the results last week, Christians will continue to do what we have always done. We will pray for our leaders, especially when we disagree with them and we will model the kind of love that embraces the least and the left out.
We will work for justice, we will stand against oppression and racism wherever we find them, and we will live out our faith with joy and hope as we seek the peace of Christ in our lives, communities, country and world. Those things don't change because an administration does.
It's not surprising that the world gets chaotic after an election, but we are not the world. We are the body of Christ and we belong to the kingdom of God. If we don't act like it, how will anyone else see a better way. Regardless of how you feel about the election, let's meet at the cross and go from there ... To the glory of God alone.