The following was read on November 13, 2016 at Van City Church in Vancouver, Washington.
On the morning after the 2016 election, the words “Go back to Africa” were scrawled on the inside of a Minneapolis bathroom above the campaign slogan of the president-elect, “Make America Great Again.” Similarly racist, xenophobic and misogynistic propaganda found its way to windshields and doorsteps, to social media and emails—to the lips of the passerby on crowded street corners in broad daylight.
Perhaps further stirred to frenzy by these events, protests erupted around the country. Effigies of the president-elect were burned in the streets. In my own neighborhood one initially civil protest evolved rapidly from peaceful discontent into violence and arson.
Early the following Sunday morning, one famously former-Christian musician announced online: “Pastors, you have a chance to tell the whole truth this morning.”
For the people of 2016, ours was an election precluded by nihilism…
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