The Election of 2016 is over. It may turn out to be the most momentous election in our lifetime. The acerbic debates, advertisements, and quips have ended. Smart and loyal people are calling for a smooth transition of power as a hallmark of American democracy, as the questions looms over our collective consciousness “What comes next?”
It is true to say that the President-Elect Donald Trump is one of the least well-known Presidents we have ever elected. He has no political career and his private life remains obscure. We know something of his personality from reality TV, but that pales before a person who has been in the public service for decades, good or bad. Time will tell who or what he is.
The deeper issue is a national issue. Anne Coulter the noted conservative political pundit observed that this election was a victory for nationalism over globalism. She is right on the money, just as Brexit was a victory in Great Britain for nationalism over globalism; although even now the “Brits” are beginning to question their decision.
The world at large has been retreating into various forms of xenophobia for the last two decades, at least. It seems to me that we are reacting with pain to the inevitable shrinking of the local community and its expansion into a global community leading to a feeling of disenfranchisement that this inevitably brings. Globalism is larger than nationalism and it is inevitable, no matter whom we elect. The United States has had other moments when it has tightened its borders and its society. It will never work. The world will not remain separate pockets of races, cultures, and religions. They will blend.
We in the faith business can see this election as an opportunity to lift up the teachings that Jesus left for us…hold fast and by example show that when you have done it to the least of these, you have done it for the Lord. The New Testament is peppered with the notion that we are all neighbors, we are a global family and if you believe otherwise, you need to read your Bible. Racism, sexism and homophobia are symptoms of evil and they are simply put “sins” in whatever form they appear. Jesus never said being his follower would be easy. Now the question is out there for us in our time, who do we follow? Who is our God and how do we know it? The time for Christians to show up and be counted is now no matter who you are or where you live.