After what seemed like the campaign that would never end, the votes are counted, and the result is in. Across the nation, even around the world, some are happy and hopeful while others are disillusioned and sad. The church reflects the nation, and so we begin a new day with our own wide range of emotions.
But we begin a new day. We begin a new day with our different experiences, different viewpoints, and different outlooks. That’s a good thing. A life in true community requires our differences, and it requires us to hear with new ears, to see with new eyes, so that we respect, hear, understand, and receive one another.
I continue to pray that both in the nation and the church we will recognize that the work before us is bigger than ourselves. In the church, we are called to work together for the cause of the Gospel. We live that out in different ways, in different places, and in different contexts. Nevertheless, in spite of difference, the truth of the Gospel is the same yesterday, today, and forever: God so loved the world.
So in the light of the Gospel we are called to love one another without qualification. We are called into the love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. By this the world will know that we are Christ’s disciples.
This is our witness. This is our work: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.