Remember 2012, when Obama versus Romney seemed like a contentious presidential election?
It was enough for a group of Mennonite ministers, who responded back then by launching the Election Day Communion movement. The idea was to inspire Christians to use allegiance to Christ to overcome the ugly rhetoric and feelings of partisan politics.
On Election Day, 2016, organizers say the movement is as strong as ever, and as needed as ever. Today, 316 congregations across the nation and Christian spectrum plan to hold communion services for voters and others frazzled by the bizarre twists and turns of Clinton versus Trump.
But what about those who cannot get to a communion service today? Baptist News Global contacted several ministers — from pastors to chaplains to abbots and nonprofit directors — for their suggestions on how to find peace, perspective and even compassion in the midst of one of the most stressful political campaigns in American history. Most of them provided their comments via email or social media, while a few were interviewed by phone.
John Crowder, pastor, First Baptist Church, West, Texas
For me, I think the key is to remember that God is bigger than politics, problems or presidents. We need to pray, vote and then trust while declaring Psalm 20:7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Joshua Hearne, abbot, Grace and Main, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel and executive director of Third Chance Ministries in Danville, Va.
Almighty and uniting God, who has made a people for yourself from among all the peoples of the world, help us to place our faith not in the powers and rulers of this world, but in the God that is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Reconcile us, one to another, and make peace between those of us who have strayed from our first calling to love. We ask these things in order that we might more fully abide in your presence, O God who is love, and in the name of our Lord. Amen.
Gerry Hutchinson, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Manager, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and retired Navy chaplain
The ties that bind us as Americans are more important than the lines that divide us. After a most contentious presidential election we all need to work to find a measure of healing. Learning to listen to one another and to understand our differing perspectives will help us find ways to work together for our common good and the good of our country.
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SOURCE: Baptist News Global