The Voting is Over

Post-election is a time filled with celebrations for some, tears for others, voting recounts and lawsuits, and endless analysis for the pundits (spinning one way or another). The cynic in me wants to declare that governing seems to more and more be taking a backseat to politicking as the elected seek to score points rather than find the common good.

I like to pause, though, and give thanks for our democratic system and the chance to vote. As broken as it is, I certainly prefer it to the alternative. And, as I am writing on Veteran’s Day, I do give specific thanks to those who have given their lives to help make our country what it is today.

Elections also remind me of why I do what I do. The common good is hopeful enhanced by the government, but it is certainly promoted by people of goodwill working to build up caring and just local communities. And this is the church at its best. Taking a primary allegiance to God means that the elections come and go, but one’s focus stays the same. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and this can happen no matter who is in elected office.

When I was in High School my vocational goal was to be a U.S. Senator—I always did like to dream big. I am grateful now that I am a pastor. Serving the church affords all the opportunity, and challenge, that I can wish for to help to bring lasting hope to families and to the community at large.

It is a privilege to be able to vote, but it is more satisfying, and effective, to commit one’s work to carrying out the vision of God for a peaceable and just world.

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