I don’t mean to minimize the significance of this election. This election is certainly consequential. Still, as I sit down to write, I am aware of God’s presence. Within the loving embrace of the Holy Spirit, I know that it’s okay.
My feeling of contentment at this moment is a bit like our relationship with sin. When we do something that separates us from God, we have sinned. When we ask God to forgive us, through the miracle of grace, our Lord is quick to forgive. However, God’s forgiveness doesn’t undo our action. There are still consequences of our sinful acts.
For example, consider when someone lies. If the person recognizes his deceit and goes to God with a contrite heart, God will forgive that person. The lie is still a lie, and the results of the dishonesty continue. In addition to asking God for forgiveness, the person can confess the lie and try to make right the harm that came from it.
Forgiveness is quick. Restitution can take longer.
In a season of widespread deceit, rebuilding trust will take a long time. Regardless of what happens next, God is bigger than this election. Even though we will not likely know the outcome today, the sun will rise tomorrow.
The psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God.” We can take a step back from the political turmoil of this season and look outside. Where I live, today is sunny. The air is cool. And, the autumn leaves crunch as I walk down a path. Outside, with the news and social media turned off, I can remember that life is good.
Tomorrow, as is the case with every new day, there will be work to do. Just as Micah 6:8 calls us, we are to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our Lord.” Even though right now I rest in the love of Christ and trust that everything is okay, I will keep trying to do justice. I will keep seeking to be emblematic of Jesus’ kindness. And, I will walk humbly with God through each moment of each day. I have faith that everything’s going to be okay.