Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
On November 6, as the country awaits the results of a bitterly contested presidential campaign, thousands of Christians will gather across the nation to reaffirm their unity and shared commitment to Christ.
What started with a single church service four years ago has grown into a grassroots movement of churches from nearly every state. So far, more than 425 congregations have chosen to participate in Election Day Communion, with more being added every day.
“Election Day Communion is an opportunity for Christians from all political backgrounds to reaffirm their first allegiance to Christ,” says pastor and co-organizer Mark Schloneger. On Election Day four years ago, Schloneger hosted a communion service at his own church, which sparked the idea of a organizing a nationwide event for this year’s election.
“During the day on November 6, we’ll make different choices for different reasons,” said Schloneger. “But that night, thousands of us will make the same choice together. We’ll gather as one body to remember that our chief passion belongs not to any party or candidate but to God.”
Among the churches planning to participate are Renovatus, a Pentecostal congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Woodland Hills, a Baptist megachurch in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“We’re celebrating Election Day Communion to remind ourselves that Jesus of Nazareth is our only candidate, our only hope,” says Jonathan Martin, lead pastor of Renovatus. “As Christians, we aren’t called to change the country by waging a political war. We’re invited to open our eyes and see a world already changed by Jesus’ resurrection.”
“Election Day Communion is one of the most desperately needed ideas I’ve seen in a long time,” says Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills and author of The Myth of a Christian Nation (Zondervan, 2007). “At a time when the church in America has been coopted by power-brokers, I can’t imagine a more powerful way to remind ourselves that our call is to follow in the footsteps of a King who laid down his life for his enemies.”
Churches are continuing to sign up in the final two weeks before the election. Over 20 denominations are represented, suggesting that Election Day Communion’s appeal transcends theological boundaries.
“The political issues that divide us aren’t insignificant,” says Kevin Gasser, another co-organizer and pastor of Staunton Mennonite Church (Virginia). “But there’s something more important than presidential elections. There’s something that matters more than our political differences. By sharing communion this Election Day, we’re making a political statement; we’re proclaiming the lordship and reign of our King, Jesus Christ.”
To learn more about Election Day Communion, visit http://ElectionDayCommunion.org.
About Election Day Communion
Election Day Communion is a grassroots, multidenominational campaign inviting churches to express their unity in the face of increasing polarization, by holding a communion service on Election Day, November 6, 2012. Originally started by two pastors with no funding or organizational backing, Election Day Communion has quickly grown to include more than 425 churches from over 20 denominations.
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