“Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8

I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I think there is an election coming up soon. Yard signs declare it, social media is flooded with it, television commercials replay negative ad after negative ad. There is so much propaganda and vitriol that it makes you want to look away, to focus on something else. But we cannot. We must not. The vote is too important: in the decisions that are made, the leaders who are chosen, there will literally be lives at stake.

After we vote on Tuesday, as the results come in, we will know something far more important than who won or lost each race. As we see the turnout of voters and who wins and loses, we will also have a clear picture of what our country is at its heart. The very soul of the United States of America will be laid bare on Tuesday night. I know that we all have our hopes and dreams for what is going to happen, on both sides. But the reality is, that no matter what happens on Tuesday, no matter what the soul of the nation is revealed to be, on Wednesday, our neighbors will still be our neighbors.

Here’s the thing: even if the soul of our nation is revealed to be something sick and twisted and evil, the only thing that has really changed is that we know it now. The soul of our country on Wednesday is the same as it was on Monday; the only difference is that we’ll know it – and have the chance to do something about it. Regardless of what we learn about our neighbors, what we learn about ourselves, our call as Christians remains: to love each other, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love our enemies, to be peacemakers.

I have been tempted to “unfriend” people on social media over the last couple of weeks. I am thankful that there is a “snooze for 30 days” option where I just don’t have to see their posts for a while! After the election, my friends will still be my friends and neighbors, it’s vitally important that we don’t sever ties; I can still love someone I disagree with (even if I choose, for my own health, not to talk to them for a little bit).

After the 2016 election, my Dad and I disagreed on such a fundamental level that I couldn’t talk to him for weeks. It wasn’t because I didn’t love him; it was because I didn’t want to say something I couldn’t take back, something that would ruin our relationship forever. Love, you see, covers a multitude of sins. I hope, even as we are truth-tellers and justice-seekers and peace-makers, that we are also people who carefully protect our constant love for one another.

Love wins,

Pastor Mike

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