The Challenge Of This Week: Elections

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them:

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
— John Wesley, October 6, 1774

No doubt, Tuesday will be a decisive day for the future of our country. Great anticipation has been building for months, even years, to this very moment.

While the results of Tuesday elections will matter for the future of our country, we need to take care that our hopes do not rise and fall on the outcome of these political elections. A larger perspective is needed.

On the other hand…

It’s easy to say that, regardless of who is in the White House, Jesus is on the throne. While it is true, we should be careful not to use that as a cop-out.

To find balance between these two extremes can be difficult but I wonder if John Wesley’s sentiments might help us.

John offers practical advice in increasing specificity.

First, vote. Vote your conscience. Don’t vote a party ticket. Do your homework. Learn the issues and vote your conscience.

Then comes the difficult work. Win or lose, we must be supportive of those that we voted against as they are our fellow human beings. While we can disagree with their policies or their voting records, we must never allow ourselves to dehumanize them.

Finally, the most difficult work of all: To be at peace with our dissenting neighbor. On Wednesday morning, our news outlets will be flooded with maps, filled with red and blue.

If you lean blue, do not allow your spirit to become sharpened against red. If you lean red, do not allow your spirit to become sharpened against blue.

This is a tough season for our country.

May we, as God’s children of peace, offer a peaceable presence to our anxious and divisive world.

Peace to you,

 

MM

The Challenge Of This Week: Elections
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