Where Will You Be the Day After Tomorrow?

Almost thirty years ago, ABC broadcast a movie about the day after a nuclear holocaust. Images from The Day After have remained seared in my brain over the last three decades. About seven years ago, a cinematic release gave us The Day After Tomorrow which imagined a global wide weather event that devastates the northern hemisphere.

Each movie tried to portray what civilization would be like in the days after an extinction event. Filled with personal drama, broken relationships and individual loss, each movie challenges then viewer to imagine life changed forever.

This campaign season has often carried “extinction event” tones as people supporting each candidate warn of impending apocalypses if their candidate is not elected.  At the end of a contentious presidential campaign, I am left with this question in my mind.

Where will you be the day after tomorrow?

Is it too extreme to compare tomorrow’s presidential election to an “extinction event”? Some will say, “Yes!” and others will say, “No, it is not extreme at all.” The responses vary from apathy to abject fear.

If you are like me, friends from the fringes of your Facebook crowd earnestly post graphics and stories and accounts concerning how electing either of these two men will bring about the imminent demise of the America.

Some say it is all politics and it doesn’t concern him or her. Let’s just ignore it and go on with our lives, they say.

Others intensify their negative posts and their claims of impending doom.

Where will you be the day after tomorrow?

Neither extreme provides an acceptable answer. Both The Day After and The Day After Tomorrow suggest that the events that led up to the extinction event could have been avoided. They portray survival as dependent upon people working together.

Sometime soon the day after tomorrow, each of us will need to move forward into whatever future awaits us. We will have a president to lead us and serve us for the next four years. The effects of his leadership will shape and change this country for years to come.

How will you live into the future that will be created the day after tomorrow? Will you become more involved in your community? Will you give away more of yourself? Will you simply complain that the result was not what you had hoped?

Whatever happens tomorrow will bring the day after tomorrow which will be the world in which we will live. How will you live in it?

Three simple things come to my mind:

Pray for whomever will be serving as president. This is a biblical and a godly thing to do. There are serious problems to be solved and whomever is president needs the prayers of the faithful.

Repair relationships. If any relationships have been strained or injured in this election, then take the initiative to repair them. This process occurs every four years but real relationships last for life. Any relationships strained in this campaign are worth repairing.

Become involved where you can help. There is a reason people talk about “grassroots politics.” The real work happens on the street and in the neighborhoods. Jesus called his followers to go out and change the world (Mark 3.14-15). Do not expect a president to fix the problems you see around you, roll up your sleeves and give some of yourself to the solution.

Whatever happens tomorrow likely will not result in an extinction event for this country, but it does create an opportunity for us live differently into our new future.

What will you be doing the day after tomorrow? How will you live into this new future?