Voting day. Soon, hopefully, an un-civil war will end, depending on how well we deal with winning or losing. After months of being bombarded with wounding words and images, we’ll need holy healing.
Cornel West wrote on November 3rd, “The most frightening feature of the civic melancholia in present-day America is the relative collapse of integrity, honesty and decency–an undeniable spiritual blackout of grand proportions.”
No matter who wins, our country needs men and women of integrity to bring Light into this “spiritual blackout.”
Joining a Bible study at our church turned into a balm for election woes. Flying through the Old Testament in twelve weeks teaches nothing’s new about human behavior and nothing surprises God.
Part of this week’s lesson’s on Samuel, telling God, Israel wants a king, to be “like the other nations.”
In Buechner’s Listening to Your Life, he writes, “Israel wanted security, clout, a place in the sun…when God’s demands seemed too exorbitant, God’s promises too remote, she took up with all the other gods who still get our votes and our money and our 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. energies, because they are gods who could not care less whether we are holy or not, and promise absolutely everything we really want and nothing we really need.”
Like looking into a mirror.
After Israel gets the king with consequences, the people plead with Samuel to pray for them. The scene moves me, old Samuel praying for repeat offenders, people who prefer a king to him, and lesser gods to God.
No matter today’s outcome, it’s my hope and prayer, we’ll wake up Wednesday morning with a desire to be part of the healing, to love each other, care, be respectful, kind, and rediscover the worth of working together for the common good.
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