Election Night.

Many of us in Texas are heartbroken that one of the most caring, genuine, and noble people we’ve ever seen in politics won’t be representing us and showing the nation what leadership could look like again. The man ran the best campaign I’ve ever witnessed. Worked harder than anyone I’ve ever witnessed. And heard from more people in their state than many have ever attempted. If he wants it, I genuinely think the Democrats would do well to have this man as their VP pick in 2020. He didn’t just inspire Texas. He didn’t play the division game. He did everything he could to lead with compassion, conviction, and understanding.

Our country would be so lucky to have more leaders like Beto. And I hope we do from every party.

There is so much to mourn and so much to celebrate tonight.

While I have great hope for what may come at our hands, I’m thankful tonight that might hope is in Christ. That there will come a time. That our God is a God of the oppressed. And that we are each God’s beloved. The work of building Kingdom continues. May the blind see and the deaf hear. May we continue to fight for those whom our voting impacts most. And may more people realize the impact of their vote on others than themselves. That the body is the vision not just the individual. May we keep building a better tomorrow that is more compassionate and more accepting. More inclusive and diverse. May we be like the leaders who have inspired us.

And follow Christ’s teachings:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

One day I believe we’ll vote this way. One day I believe we will seek to be this way and to promote leaders who are this way. One day I believe we will see Christ in those our votes hurt. One day I believe we will upend the greed and selfishness of capitalism and see our brothers needs as our own. That we are called to be one community that loves and protects one another.

There will come a time.

Behold, God is making everything new.

May the powerful be held accountable.
May the walls come down.
May the hearts open up.
May the broken be healed.
May the hatred be educated.
May the fear become love.

Onward.

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