Are you feeling worried or fearful about this election year?
When I turned eighteen years old I couldn’t wait to register to vote. Neither of my parents participated in voting because they both felt their vote didn’t make a difference. I was determined not to follow in their footsteps, and after blowing out the candles on my 18th birthday cake, I went to the library to sign-up. I have eagerly gone to the polls every year since.
The 2020 election will be the seventh time I’ve casted a ballot for the President of the United States. Every four years there is an underlying tension because, let’s face it, everyone wants their candidate of choice to win. However, this year it’s more than the typical uneasiness of wondering what direction our country will move toward. It feels like a major defining moment. And to top it off, the mental stress of the election rides on the heels of the pandemic, tensions of the day, and riots.
It is impossible to escape the fear of America’s future. Social media, the news, billboards, office chit chat and even family conversations are a constant reminder of the uncertainty looming. How do we manage the anxiety and fear of the election? Can we prepare ourselves in advance to accept the outcome regardless of the who becomes the next president?
Here are truths to think upon and cling to. Things to so that we can reduce our anxious and fearful thoughts – tips that will take our focus off of the world and realign it toward God.
7 Biblical Tips to Manage Election-Year Anxiety
1. Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall, But God’s Kingdom is Forever- One thing has been true throughout the generations: kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. From the Egyptian reign to China’s dynasties to the Roman Empire, each one has come and gone. But God’s kingdom is forever. No matter how the election turns out, we can be confident that it is temporary and only God’s kingdom will endure.
“How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:3)
2. Earthly Leaders Are Temporary, and One Day Everyone Will Confess Jesus is Lord- We can relax our anxious position when we remember that whoever is elected has a four-year term, two term maximum. In God’s economy that’s not even the blink of an eye. But Jesus’s reign is forever! One day every single person will know He is the King.
“God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him the name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Christ the Lord.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
3. Give Allegiance to God Alone- We live in a wonderful country. Even with the current state-of-affairs we are blessed to have the freedoms we enjoy. However, our country, our leaders, our policies, political parties or causes are never worthy of our allegiance. When we place our trust and faith in the things of this world they will crumble. They will disappoint us. Only God is able to fulfill the needs in our heart. He alone deserves our undivided allegiance.
“I wait quietly before God for my hope is in Him. He ALONE is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor come from Him alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.” (Psalm 62:5-7)
4. Remember Jesus is Coming- One day the world as we know it will change. All that is happening here and now will disappear and it will matter no more. In the twinkling of an eye Jesus will come and we will be transformed. What a hopeful truth that is that has the power to lead us through these trying times.
“For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only Almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” (1 Timothy 6:15)
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” (2 Peter 3:10)
5. What Goes into Your Mind Expresses Itself Through Emotion – It’s easy to scroll Facebook and get swept away by news stories that lead to frustration, anxiety and fearfulness. Or turn on the TV only to get caught up in the latest headline about the election or propaganda surrounding it. Now more than ever it’s critical to limit the amount of political information going into your brain. If not, the result is overwhelming anxiety and fear. Sure we need to know about our candidates and their platforms, but we must balance it will the truth of God. After all, His truth will help us cast our vote.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
6. Pray for our Leaders (the ones you like and don’t like)- There’s nothing more powerful than prayer. God can change hearts and lives through it, and God can use leaders, even the ones we don’t like, to accomplish His purposes. We must remember that God is in control. Instead of reacting in fear and worry about who will or won’t win, let’s pray for all the candidates.
“Pray for our leaders I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them, for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
7. Above All Remember that God is Sovereign- Nothing comes to be that God does not allow. Nothing happens that God cannot use for His purpose and His glory. Everything has its time – the days and hours the Lord assigns it. We may not understand all that is taking place in America, but we can be sure that God has us in the palm of His hands. God is bigger. God is greater. No matter how the vote goes, God is over it all.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
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