I spent part of last night in the company of our future.
I was at Minnesotans United for All Families for a phone bank training. There were some fifty of us in a big room. There were many places we could have been. We were there.
We were there on National Coming Out Day in order to make phone calls to voters. With a scant few days before the election and air waves being inundated with increasingly fear-provoking ads, the need for heart touching is great.
What I saw as I took part in it all was that I was easily one of the oldest people there. I sat with my two daughters. Around me were couples, singles, and a wonderful assortment of the kind of young people I would LOVE to have in the pews of the church I serve. They were there because they do not want the constitution of their state to be contorted by discrimination.
I am hopeful. With all the anxieties of this election season, what I saw last night gives me a great sense that there is a generation coming up behind us that knows the power of civic engagement and knows how vital it is to be attentive and engaged.
It’s about love. It’s about love for country and love for the gift that is living democracy and it is about the living of love in families and last night that love walked into the room in the hearts of those who care enough to take action.
Join them. Join those who were surprised a minister would be present. Join those who speak up and have conversations via phone or in person. Find a phone bank or invite a friend out for coffee or write letters to the editor and pray pray pray that love might live in a Minnesota that values justice for all people.
Maybe, just maybe, if the church of Christ Jesus speaks for love, those present last night might see their way into faith community.
We need them. They have much to teach us.