Election Day Communion

This is a piece I wrote for my church’s newsletter.

As the election season has drawn to a close a winner (hopefully) has been announced and has been given the title President-Elect. This election cycle has been one of the ages. Given our 24 hour news cycle and the rise of social media, one is never more than a click away from the latest gossip, bombshell, poll figures and attack ad. For months we have been bombarded with why this person is a better candidate than this person; it has been down right tiring. Families, friends and even churches have been come divided. What makes it worse is that in the back of our minds we know that that since the 2012 Election Day has past, it means that some are already looking forward to the 2016 election… when will it ever stop?

Some churches have seen how this divisiveness has plagued our faith communities and have taken action. Many churches around the county this Election Day met for Holy Communion. Election Day Communion is based on the notion that despite our political differences we as Christians can come together around the Lord’s Table together. For we know at the Lord’s Table we are met with Christ and invited by him; it doesn’t matter if you believe Governor Romney is a good candidate for President or if President Obama should be re-elected or maybe you believed that someone else was better suited for the office of the President. When we are at the Table of the Lord, we are all followers of Christ, we are all trying to find our way in this world, and we are all trying to live our life according to our understanding of the scriptures. The communion table is the center of our worship and it is something that calls us to remember that we all in this together and that Christ is bigger than our political differences. The table reminds us that we are all children of God, all welcomed just as we are.

Let us remember as we move past Election Day, even if the candidate we supported lost the following from the Book of Ephesians

“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.”

Let it be so.