Tonight many Christian churches are offering communion after the election. The idea is to remind people that those hard-hearted culture warriors who voted for Romney and those pinko give-peace-a-chance abortion-ignoring idiots who just tried to give Obama another four years are… your brothers and sisters in Christ.
That’s important to remember, inside the church and beyond it, because the choices we are all making today are really only the tip of the iceberg. America may do best when the middle class does best, as Mr. Obama said, but my religion teaches God is most concerned with those on the margins of society – and this election, like many, has almost entirely ignored the ways things are so rough for this group. I almost typed getting rough, but I stopped myself because they’ve been tough for a really long time now, though I don’t doubt they’re getting worse. So there’s work yet to be done, and it requires recognizing that we have allies on the opposite side of particular wedge issues used in this election.
I’ll be going to one of these services tonight but I know that’s not a possibility for everyone. Rachel Held Evans has collected bits of the suggested liturgy, so if this sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to read even if you can’t go, do check it out.