So it’s the day after.
The Facebook and Twitter have been blowing up with people cheering, people mourning, and – maybe even more that those – people telling others to stop cheering and mourning.
Before the returns came in last night, I gathered with a bunch of folks around a table with a loaf of bread and cup of grape juice. Most were a part of the community I serve, some were friends of those in the community, some (I’m guessing) saw the church name on the list of participating congregations on the Election Day Communion website.
In that room were Democrats, Republicans and Independents. In that room were those who voted for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and those who chose not to vote. During my homily I asked if anyone voted for Rosanne Barr, but didn’t get any raised hands.
And we gathered in spite of our differences, singing songs and hearing words and saying words.
But the high point was when we tore off a piece of bread, dipped it in the cup and heard these profound, mysterious words proclaimed to us,
This is Body of Christ broken for you,
This is the Blood of Christ shed for you.
We affirmed that our ultimate hope is not in the rulers of this world. We have our desires, hopes and dreams for what we want our country to be and become, but at the end of the day, there’s more to it than that.
If you’re interested in what we looked at, check out the worship resource guide on the Election Day Communion website, which we borrowed from heavily. If you are a follower of Jesus, it will be a source of hope and inspiration and a reminder of our ultimate allegiance.
If you are not a follower of Jesus, this guide serves as a peek into the lives of people seeking to follow Jesus, when we’re at our best. And we’re at our best when we realize that our ultimate hope and allegiance is not in the things that divide us, but in the table that unites us and represents the love poured out by Jesus himself. And in the conviction that by God’s grace and peace, we can actually embody this love as well.
And you might not see that on Facebook.