In 24 hours…

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November 5, 2012 by Ben Irwin

By this time tomorrow, polls will begin to close.
Ballots will begin to be counted.
Most Americans will be glued to their televisions, computers, or smart phones,
awaiting news of who will lead this country
for the next four years.

But in hundreds of churches,
some large, many of them small,
in every state (and even a couple other countries),
Christians will gather to remember…

We already have a king.

There is no “red state vs. blue state”
in the kingdom of God.
We are one body.
We eat the same bread,
drink of the same cup,
serve the same Lord.

No president or party
can claim our highest allegiance
or compete for our first love.

We are already spoken for.

So tomorrow…
if your favorite candidate loses,
do not give in to despair.
If your favorite candidate wins,
do not be lured into triumphalism.

Because however (and whether) we vote,
there is something that matters even more:
we were knit together by the sacrifice of Christ.
Our unity was bought with a heavy price—
his body broken, his blood shed for us.

We will not forget.

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2 thoughts on “In 24 hours…

  1. karen Mascho says:

    I wish you had print friendly version of this and the we remember statements on the site.

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Ephesians 4:2-6

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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