It’s almost impossible to escape the election deluge these days. It comes at us from every angle: social media, TV, radio, passing conversations. Many people I know are attempting to stem the rushing tide by staying away from Facebook or Twitter, but even those valiant efforts are only partially effective.
The difficulty with the conversations and information is that it is so supercharged. We act and talk as if humanity’s survival hangs in the balance of what happens on election day and beyond. To state the obvious, this is not true. This post is an attempt to right-size the inevitable conversations and thoughts about the upcoming days and weeks as we sort out the results and implications of this year’s elections.
Here are 3 Simple Election Thoughts:
Life will go on – Each election in recent memory touts itself as “the most important election in the history of our country.” Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. Elections are important. But the larger truth is that regardless of the outcome of this election, life will go on. The media and politicians want us to believe that survival is uncertain if the enemy wins, but we will survive these days. When the screaming and accusations fly (which happens in both directions), I remind myself that after November 3rd, the sun will still rise. Then I take a deep breath.
God is still God – One of the fundamental truths that I hang onto, though I cannot fully understand it, is that God is sovereign, that He is in control. He is God. Whether Democrats or Republicans win, God is still God. My allegiance is first and foremost to God. My trust is in God, not in a political party – thankfully! Our angst about the election, although normal, raises questions about our trust in God. I trust that God is bigger than this election. I trust that God is able to work through and beyond any political party in office. I trust that God loves me and will walk with me in every area of my life on November 4th and the days and weeks after. I trust God!
We are called to love – One of the most disturbing trends that I have noticed in recent years is how politics have divided people. This disconnect happens on several levels. We deem that people on the other side must not be intelligent, or at a minimum, are massively deceived. I fall into the same trap. I also find that politics has become a taboo subject, even among people of faith. Close friends are unable to talk freely about important topics of the day, creating an unfortunate divide. We may not be able to change all of these issues, but what we can do is resolve in our own hearts that we will rise above the vitriol and love all those who see differently than us. We can affirm in our tone and our actions that our faith is more important than our political perspective. We can be a force that counters the divisive strain of our days. It is time to pause and reaffirm what is most important to us. When we do this, we will realize again that “love” is still the greatest commandment.