Once again we turn to reflect on this past election. Given its remarkable character and the polarizing impact it has had in the U.S., the need to reflect upon and learn from it will likely persist indefinitely. In this blog post Phil Schmidt, pastor of Tabor Mennonite Church and alumnus of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, details ways in which his church intentionally worked to build unity rather than division during the election season. Rather than play the red-versus-blue game, they pursued a third way — the Jesus way. So they began a Faith Formation class that read through Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw’s book, Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals. They also focused their worship services on the Sermon on the Mount to be reminded of Jesus’ radical upside-down kingdom message. Schmidt urged his congregation not to vote for president necessarily, but to vote with their lives everyday. Even following election day, they continued to resist the polarizing power of U.S. politics. Their attitude and response should inspire other Anabaptist communities:

“On the Sunday following the presidential election, we did not celebrate a victory for the Republicans. Nor did we mourn a loss for the Democrats. Rather, we named the fear and pain experienced by many people in our country, especially those living on the margins of society. In the midst of fear and rioting, we prayed for God’s peace to reign. And, we again declared our allegiance to God’s kingdom and to Christ’s way of reconciliation. “

Read Phil Schmidt’s full post on Mark Baker’s Discipleship and Ethics blog here.