So what did I do the day after the election?
Well, I can’t say I wasn’t a bit depressed. Not because I was looking forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency but because I find Donald Trump’s policies to be utter madness. But I still had to function and be the presence of Christ where I could. So this is what I did.
First, I spent time sitting with a woman who is currently sedated and on a respirator. I didn’t say much 1, but I placed my hand on her forehead and announced my presence as I said a prayer. Then I sat and worked on some things for a while, introducing myself to the nurses as they entered the room. Then I repeated the process on the way out of the room when I left an hour later.
I had an intelligent conversation about Secretary Clinton’s campaign on Facebook 2. I was mildly surprised no one jumped in to tell us off for not being as visibly alarmed as they were, but later on in the thread someone did come in with a joke 3 about a military coup being “a nice change of pace.” Several people stepped in to very forthrightly say how just a sentiment was completely unacceptable, even as a joke. It was refreshing to be afforded an opportunity to process the way I need to process and have some other people who were willing to engage in a similar way.
In the evening many from Central Baptist gathered to begin learning Portuguese from the pastor of our Brazilian congregation. On a day in which that community is genuinely frightened, I felt this was a truly prophetic statement. Sadly, after class I had to explain to the pastor’s daughter how many people who claim Christ, who also look like me, voted for a man she recognized as bad news. She couldn’t believe any Christian could vote for Donald Trump. Supporting our brothers and sisters in the Brazilian congregation is going to be a huge deal for us in the coming months.
So throughout the day I tried to be Jesus to people, and that helped. The night previous, after all, we’d taken Communion to remind us who the one Lord of the Church really is, so I had to live out this truth as best I could. Today I will do the same. I’ll grieve over hatred, keep vigil over anger, and comfort those who are afraid. It’s who I’m called to be.
In Jesus’ name.