Elections produce overwhelming hope or overwhelming disappointment. On the Wednesday morning after a national election, one half of the country wakes up disappointed with the other half. If it’s our candidate who’s won, we celebrate the new day dawning. In defeat we ruminate, despairing for the future and wondering bitterly about fraud.
The intensity of our reactions to elections ought to give us pause as Christian pastors and laity. Are we faithful in our projection of confidence and treachery onto presidential candidates? In responding to the election as if it were a matter of life and death, do we place too much power in the hands of the president and too little in Jesus?
The liturgical year was not devised for the U.S., yet its rhythms fit the nation in an election year. November begins with national elections and ends with Christ the King Sunday, a reminder that Christ is the sovereign who matters most.