Today I voted.
As I was waiting in line this morning to vote, I was reflecting on the past couple years and all that has gone on in our country and in my own spirit. While reflecting, I thought to myself, “Voting should never surpass my call to see the image of God in ALL people.” This thought isn’t profound, it is just perspective on a day and season that often lacks so much perspective.
As followers of Jesus we believe that ALL people are created in the image of God. We believe that God deeply loves ALL of creation. What this means is that ALL people have unsurpassable worth in the eyes of God. If we desire to see the world as God sees the world then maybe the most difficult discipline and practice is to challenge ourselves to see ALL people the way God sees them.
May you come to know that Clinton, Trump, Obama, and every other political candidate, no matter what party or policy they represent, is an image bearer of God with unsurpassable worth in the eyes of God. And if this news is hard for you to hear, as it has been for me at times in the last few years, then maybe election day is an opportunity for us both to consider what this reveals about our own spirits.
Maybe we can actually take an often divisive day like election day and grow in love and care toward each other despite our many differences. And who knows, it could be that our vote has a lasting impact, but there is no doubt that loving people, even difficult people, has a lasting impact.