Editor's Note: Mark Schloneger is pastor of North Goshen Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.
By Mark Schloneger, Special to CNN
It seems frivolous, even foolish.
On Tuesday, as the world turns its attention to who will occupy the most powerful office of the world’s most powerful nation, hundreds of churches will gather across the United States to worship a servant.
As votes are counted to elect a president, thousands of Christians will take the bread and the cup to remember their crucified Lord.
As winners are projected and the electoral map is updated, Christians of many denominations will sing their praises and proclaim their loyalty to Jesus.
It seems ridiculous, even silly.
After all, America is at a crossroads, and we are in the midst of one of the most critical presidential elections of our lifetimes. We know this because people have recited this same tired mantra before every presidential election.
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Our fears, our hopes, our worries and our struggles are the currency that buys our votes. And how do politicians and their supporters acquire this precious currency? They invest billions of dollars to foment fear, inspire hope, create worry and exploit our struggles.
It’s a power play. Some of us are pawns, and some of us are participants. But some of us are choosing a different part.
I initiated the Election Day Communion Campaign out of a concern that Christians in the United States are being shaped more by the tactics and ideologies of political parties than by our identity and unity in Christ. Out of this concern, a simple vision sparked the imaginations of congregations nationwide: the church being the church on Election Day, gathering at the Lord’s Table to remember, to give thanks for, and to proclaim its loyalty to Jesus.
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Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls.
Far too often, the church has abandoned its first love for the siren song of political parties promising protection, prosperity and peace. Far too many times, the church has ceded the practice of its faith to the spiritual and the private while leaving others to address matters of justice. And far too frequently, the church has attempted to speak truth to power while seeking and relying on that same power for protection.
The bread and the cup are God’s antidotes to our fickle memories. As we eat and drink together, we remember that all things fall under the lordship of Christ. We remember our sin and need to repent.
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We remember that God has lifted up the humble, filled the hungry with good things, and chosen to reveal God’s strength through our weakness.
We remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the church, the holy nation that transcends all human-made walls, boundaries and borders.
As we gather at the table, we remember that the power to redeem, to save, and to transform comes not from atop the seat of power but from within the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
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We will gather for Election Day Communion not because we think that the issues at stake in this election are unimportant or that our votes don’t really matter. No, we will gather for Communion because we think that the issues at stake in all elections are far too important to be relegated to our votes alone.
The Lord’s Supper reminds followers of Jesus to practice the politics of Jesus. To me, practicing the politics of Jesus means working to protect the sanctity of all human life, whether it is found in the womb, in prison, or in countries at war against us.
It means choosing the way of forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance and violence. It means practicing an economy based on generosity and mutual aid.
It means offering care and compassion to suffering people regardless of their immigration status, economic class or religious practice.
It means being good stewards of God’s good creation. And, most of all, it means allowing God’s kingdom to break into the entirety of our lives, from the privacy of our homes to the politics we practice in public.
The bread and the cup keep calling me back to the table inscribed with memory. There, I remember God’s choice for the transfer of power. There, I remember where to go with my fears, my hopes, my worries and my struggles. At the table, with my sisters and brothers, I am in the presence of the Holy.
Though I’m interested in the outcome of the presidential election, I won’t be watching the projected results as they are announced. I’ve made a prior commitment. I intend to honor it.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mark Schloneger.
"And God said Brampt can join all of the cooons, as their large meat sticks will be a bonus. He will be able to form a train of jig-a-booos and pound each other silly. These oreos will be separated from the general population and can pound da cornholio for life, apart from the jeers of the normals...".
Typican racist, religious, republican. This is why your party lost in a landslide – get a clue.
"And the Lord shall taketh and giveth away...the ability for all the young men to resist the temptation of Brampt. His advances toward the men of Sodom were very strong, and the weak gave in to his touch. As he latched onto their sack, it became more difficult to pull away. In the end, many young boys were bent over and penetrated...it became known as being "Brampted in da keister".
“Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them.4And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Rev 21:3,4
"Look, the tent of Brampt is open to all mankind, and he will sleep with them, and they will be his peeps. He will wipe all spoo from their peter...and straight males will be no more...as I convert many more boy toyz to my gaaaay disciples...."
"Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books". Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." 
Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."
"As Moses was reviewing the Ten Commandments, he tried to promote the 11th directive. It was determined that Brampt would be tagged a flamin rump-wrangler for life. His constant knob-gobblin would catch up to him and the sins would not ne forgiven! He would be placed on a leper island with the rest of the gays....".
"Our fears, our hopes, our worries and our struggles are the currency that buys our votes. And how do politicians and their supporters acquire this precious currency? They invest billions of dollars to foment fear, inspire hope, create worry and exploit our struggles. It’s a power play. Some of us are pawns, and some of us are participants."
If you didn't say you were talking about politics, I'd have thought you were talking about religion. There is so much irony in your statement that it hurts. This is what religion has done for thousands of years, yet you criticize it here, and it is what any organization whose primary purpose is to control the masses will always do.
Wake up, open your eyes, and look around.
They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.Rev 16:14
an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice and said to all the birds that fly in midheaven: “Come here, be gathered together to the great evening meal of God,that YOU may eat the fleshy parts of kings and the fleshy parts of military commanders and the fleshy parts of strong men... Rev 19:17,18
"In Greed We Trust"
In 1994, Bain invested $27 million as part of a deal with other firms to acquire Dade International, a medical-diagnostics-equipment firm, from its parent company, Baxter International. Bain ultimately made nearly 10 times its money, getting back $230 million. But Dade wound up laying off more than 1,600 people and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002, amid crushing debt and rising interest rates. The company, with Bain in charge, had borrowed heavily to do acquisitions, accumulating $1.6 billion in debt by 2000. The company cut benefits for some workers at the acquired firms and laid off others. When it merged with Behring Diagnostics, a German company, Dade shut down three U.S. plants. At the same time, Dade paid out $421 million to Bain Capital’s investors and investing partners.
For 15 years, Romney had been in the business of creative destruction and wealth creation. But what about his claims of job creation? The layoffs and closures at other firms would lead Romney’s political opponents to say that he had amassed a fortune in part by putting people out of work. The lucrative deals that made Romney wealthy could exact a cost. Maximizing financial return to investors could mean slashing jobs, closing plants, moving production overseas and loading up already struggling companies with debt.
Marc Wolpow, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on many deals, said the discussion at buyout companies typically does not focus on whether jobs will be created. “It’s the opposite—what jobs we can cut,” Wolpow said. “Because you had to document how you were going to create value. Eliminating redundancy, or the elimination of people, is a very valid way."
Example: Bain closed GST Steel plant in 2001 laying off 750 workers.
Example: Controlling share owner Bain Capital closes BRP plant (Southern Illinois) so the 340 jobs there could be outsourced to Mexico.
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"And many more boy toyz were placed before Brampt, with the temptation to fondle their package. He went forth and pounded da pooop chute of many fruits....and was labeled a pillow-biter for life....".
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite. Daniel 2:44
"....and the heavens and the earth were created...so that Brampt can pump da plump rumps of many chumps...and polish da tools of many jig-a-booos. He will be labeled a fudge-packer for life...".
“Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles
- Leviticus 21:17-20
this stupidity plays into the very people who think people of faith are religion clingers and missing the top floor. Jesus isn't going to be President of the USA. he is Lord of the Universe and to WASTE YOUR VOTE in CURRENT political environment that we are called to prayfully participate in is STUPID
They call me pugley cuz I got an ugly mug...just a chubby face that looks like a pug! Now I know that most chiks say no...that is why I be gaaay and into bros! I want da jiggs with coqs so large...when dey pound me and take charge!! Schlobin knobs is my daily thang...when I'm done we just wanna bang!! Boyyeeee!!!
Jesus calls us to participate in Government not waste our precious vote on something as silly as this. Jesus will come back but to waste your vote and in the process NOT do what Christ called us to be -Salt and Light is fooliness
"... we are in the midst of one of the most critical presidential elections of our lifetimes"
I have seen this same statement in every presidential election for the last 20 years or more. When isn't it critical?
Did you read the very next sentence in the article? "We know this because people have recited this same tired mantra before every presidential election." Seems he makes your point.
im an atheist but i dont see any issue with christians having communion on election day, or any other day.
frankly, i would think a president that strictly followed biblical principals would be terrible. how could they possibly defend us with a radicallly non-violent approach? that doesnt mean that this guy cant vote on whatever basis he wants.
those who are critical, try to be american for a day and protect someone elses right to vote how they want
Don't worry about Mitt, Mormons aren't Christians ! Check out Mountain Meadows. Romney / Ryan 2012
The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:
"pervert alert" (who writes lovely things like "qu e ers the ones who gave aids to america" degenerates to:
"Taskmaster" degenerates to:
"Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
"truth be told" degenerates to:
"Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
"tina" degenerates to:
"captain america" degenerates to:
"just sayin" degenerates to:
"nope" degenerates to:
"WOW" degenerates to:
and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.
Thank you for these challenging thoughts. Our church is gathering tomorrow evening to pray and commune. God bless you and the whole world.
"Love God above all; Love your neighbor as yourself." makes sense to me.
“If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.” William Penn (1644-1718)
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823 "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors."
Hey ya'll! I be a hick from Southern Kentucky!! I be a hay farmer and I raise hogs! I think these blogs are downright craaazy!!
comon cnn, i know you guys can afford an intern to polic the wackadoooos and allow for some kind of pseudo discussion... toss in some more ads related to my amazon searches or something... then theres always adult entertainment since we all know no kids are coming here
The author's foolish god delusion makes me sad for America.
Prayer changes things .
It dont prove what ? i say what it be big momma
If i have a second post this this thread i am surely crazy
Yioppy ditto i am crazy
I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".
I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:
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For 15 years, Romney had been in the business of creative destruction and wealth creation. But what about his claims of job creation? Though Bain Capital surely helped expand some companies that had created jobs, the layoffs and closures at other firms would lead Romney’s political opponents to say that he had amassed a fortune in part by putting people out of work. The lucrative deals that made Romney wealthy could exact a cost. Maximizing financial return to investors could mean slashing jobs, closing plants, and moving production overseas. It could also mean clashing with union workers, serving on the board of a company that ran afoul of federal laws, and loading up already struggling companies with debt.
A couple of examples (it's pretty easy to find more):
Bain closed GST Steel plant in 2001 laying off 750 workers.
Controlling share owner Bain Capital closes BRP plant (Southern Illinois) so the 340 jobs there could be outsourced to Mexico.
Also, this is disconcerting:
666 666 666
666 666 666 666
666 666 666 666 666
666 666 666 666 666 666
You are a big ol loser. Go back the the hole u crawled out from!!!
You are a fvcking azz hole.
What a baby.
Thank you -i've printed all this out and will decorate for my daughter's birthday part tomorrow!
My vote is for the devil?
Then ur still being control by the church, because they made up the devil
unless this is just a bad joke ?
lol the devil owns the world rev 12:9, 1 john5:19
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