These days immediately following the 2012 general election, some of us are cheering and some are weeping. I’ve done both, following various elections. Whatever we may think about the results of the election, it is clearer than ever that the United States is a country of great diversity. With the voting over, we now turn our attention to fulfilling our common vision of many people, one nation. The challenge is to ensure that the blessing of diversity does not remain a quagmire of division.
It’s not our challenge alone. Within hours of the final tallies I received three e-mail messages from Disciples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These Congolese brothers – leaders in the church there – had, like so many Americans, stayed up all night watching the outcome of our vote. One said, “Your elections affect our lives, too.” Nothing is purely local anymore. We are part of a global community.
Which leads me to prayer.Read more