'Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing,
I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.' Judges 5:2
I was probably on of the few people in the United States who went to bed early on Tuesday night. In fact, after I voted, I completely unplugged myself from all electronic media. To my way of thinking, I would wake on Wednesday to a new president, a returning president, or a whole lot of mess headed to the Supreme Court (the final option was what I deemed most likely).
Whether you greeted the day after our nations elections with joy or with disappointment, we people of faith will continue to be challenged to live faithfully. The passage from Judges is from the Song of Deborah. Deborah was raised as a judge over a people at war, a people that had forgotten their relationship with God. Her song of praise is as much about the people's change of heart as God's deliverance. Deborah sings of a people who, despite whatever political intrigues awaited them, made the conscious decision to place themselves in God's hands again.
My official party affiliation is the Green Party, but I don't vote a straight party ticket. Before elections, I read and research, study and pray.....a lot. I studiously avoid the television and the radio. Still, in the end, I walk away from the polls leaving behind a crazy looking ballot. I also walk away with a heavy sigh; for no one is totally honest and no one is unswervingly good. How can they be? They are, after all, human beings.
In my moments of cynical sadness, my husband reminds me that as a people of faith, all of our alliances must be conditional. No club, sorority, party affiliation, or even church should command the fidelity that our Creator commands. We must be willing to say "Yes" to those who are working for the things Christ asks of us (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, to love etc.) even if we don't like them. Likewise, we must be willing to say "No," even to those we love, who would turn us to other gods.