Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Today you can joke all day about leaving the country, lament how morally bankrupt your neighbors are, and tell stories about how every underrepresented and marginalized group in America should fear for their lives and livelihood.
OR you can remember that the call on the Church to care for orphans, widows and immigrants remains the true (Deuteronomy 14 & James 1).
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1)
Regardless of what the next four years bring in terms of laws, policies and ideologies, Jesus Christ remains the same and we have a mission to live out in our world.
The Good News about Jesus Christ did not get warped in this morning's news cycle. The Kingdom of God that broke into our world through Jesus life, death and resurrection did not suddenly get sucked back up into heaven when Trump was declared the winner. There has been no veto on the Great Commission.
We are called to share the Good News by how we act and by what we say in the midst of whatever goes on around us.
If I haven't been clear already: Suck it up and be the Church.
Perfect loves casts out fear (1 John 4:18). It is in the face of fear that we, the Church, should be proclaiming hope the loudest.
Today I hope that you will live out the hope you have in Christ and not perpetuate fear and despair.