November 8, 2012 by Ben Irwin
When we started Election Day Communion three months ago, we had no idea what it would grow into. We never dreamed so many of you would join us and spread the word like you did.
Now, the country is wondering what the next few years will bring. So are we, for that matter.
Many of you have been asking what comes next. Was this a one-time deal? Or should
Election Day Communion become a recurring event? Shall we do this again in four years? In two?
Should it become less of an “American” thing and more of a “global church” thing? Should we offer Election Day Communion to churches in other countries during their election cycles?
On Tuesday, nearly 900 churches (that we know of) from dozens of denominations made a powerful statement together. We reaffirmed our commitment to Christ and each other. We chose unity over polarization. Now, what can we do to live out this choice between this week’s election and the next one? And what, if any, role does Election Day Communion have to play in that?
These are the questions we’re asking ourselves. We don’t pretend to be smart enough to have all the answers. (Also, I think we’d really like a nap right about now.)
So we’d like to hear from you. We’re asking for your help to discern the way forward, if there is one for Election Day Communion.
After all, we’re just three guys. And frankly, Election Day Communion doesn’t belong to us anyway. It belongs to you. You made it what it is today.
When you do get in touch, be sure to let us know if you’re willing to be part of whatever the future holds for Election Day Communion.
Finally… whether or not this was a one-time deal, we can’t let this renewed spirit of commitment fade. We can’t go back to the status quo of polarization. We can’t return to our political idols. The bread and wine of communion have so much more to offer.
Our prayer is that we’ll always remember we are knit together in Christ, and no division can sever that bond.
May the peace of God be with you in the days ahead.