epiphany: (n) a sudden realization, discovery, or awareness usually of something divine, spiritual, or metaphysical
Epiphany: (n) the feast day to celebrate the day on which the Magi found Jesus
I will let the letter speak for itself. Cut to the chase, contact your Senators and Representatives today or tomorrow.
As the date for Congress to certify the Electoral College results of the 2020 presidential election approaches, I request that you vote “yes” to move this procedure along. We need a peaceful transition of power.
I believe that accepting the results and developing working relationships with the incoming administration is more important than endless challenges, lawsuits, and political tricks. We cannot use power for its own end, regardless of which party we affiliate with. Revenge politics has not gotten us anywhere in the past few decades.
Please do not misinterpret my intent. I do not see President Elect Biden and Vice President Elect Harris as saviors of our nation. They are people who have a lot of difficulty decisions to make.
I do not see the Democratic nor the Republican parties, with their various agendas and caucuses as saviors of our nation. Each has its merits, its vulnerabilities, and frankly these days absurdities, naves, and clowns.
For those Christians who follow a Liturgical Calendar, this week is the Feast of Epiphany. This celebration of the Magi seeking and finding Jesus comes the day before you will vote to certify the election results. While we usually focus on the discovery, celebration of Jesus and the hope that his birth brings, and the gifts the Magi bring, I am drawn this year to contemplate the dark side of this story.
A weak and insecure King Herod, when approached by the Magi about their quest, takes the news of the birth of a king as a threat to his power. His response is to scheme how to discover and destroy this boy. Later, he will go so far as to have all boys under the age of two killed. The endless pursuit and holding onto power, here and in so many other examples throughout history, leads to destruction and death. Have we not learned this lesson again in 2020?
The message of Christianity is that of repentance, forgiveness, and the freedom to do good, and for those who are leaders to lead well. Ultimately, King Herod cannot hold onto his power and he will die, yet another insignificant provincial Roman governor of a contentious territory. Would we recall him at all other than his brief appearance in Matthew chapter 2?
Consider your options this week. Repent of the foolishness of this election cycle. Forgive your colleagues for their offenses. Lead well. Demonstrate that good relationships are more important than being in control at any cost.