Ray Gora /Lincoln Times-News
“Politics and church have no business being one in the same,” Lincolnton resident Darrell Devine told the Times-News Tuesday night.
Devine was one of several attendants at the “Election Day Communion” event at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lincolnton.
The local church was one of hundreds of worship facilities, schools and other organizations across the nation who individually hosted the nationwide grassroots initiative election night after the polls closed.
A Mennonite pastor in Indiana established the event this year after he watched his own congregation divide over partisan politics. He decided it was time for Christian believers to bridge the gap between their political differences and reunite over their faith in God.
According to electiondaycommunion.com, the founder’s vision for the event was simple–”gathering at the Lord’s Table to remember, to practice, to give thanks for and to proclaim its allegiance to Christ.”
“It’s a very good event to bring unity not just to the Church but to the community,” First Christian Church member Jane Peeler said.
Pastor Chad Walker of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, who was one of four church leaders who participated in the local worship, prayer and communion service, told the Times-News the event portrayed Christianity’s core concept of oneness with Christ.
“It shows our true unity,” he said.
Rev. J.V. Allen of Lincolnton’s Boger City Wesleyan Church agreed with Walker.
“Anytime we can come together and worship the Lord, that will override any divisions,” he said.
Allen believed if citizens would just obey the Bible, America would “change for the better.”
The service’s minister of music, Allen York, further voiced the idea of unifying the nation through unifying one small Christian community at a time.
“When individual people become stronger…then the whole nation becomes stronger,” he said.
Angie Pooley, of Newton, believed the “Election Day Communion” initiative was a worldwide “wake-up call” for members of all religions.
“We need to pull together and quit bickering,” she said. “No matter what religion you are there’s one core value–peace.”
For more information on the nationwide event, visit electiondaycommunion.com.