With the election now over, you are probably feeling the emotions of either winning or losing. That’s what elections do and there is no avoiding it. I think we can all agree, winning is easy, but losing can be a challenge. So if your candidate or proposition lost this election and you’re feeling angry, frustrated or worried, here are some helpful tips…
As Christians, the truths of the Bible help us put things into proper perspective. This is why it’s important to study the Bible and apply it to everyday life (see my blog post, Why I Don’t Read the Bible). If we simply live our lives based on our own intuition and feelings, we run the risk of emotional instability, impulsive responses and even injuring others. So how can we avoid this given the results of yesterday’s election?
1. Broaden Your View
Colossians 3:2-4 – Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
This means that as Christians, our hope should not be placed on the things of this world or the results of an election. Instead, our hope needs to be in Christ and His authority that goes well beyond the world of politics. Remember, God is still in charge regardless of who won the election. God is still in charge regardless of which proposition passed. God is still in charge regardless of the ongoing corruption, rumors, or scandals. As Christians, we need to keep this perspective front and center. Otherwise, we run the risk of being tossed back and forth like waves in a storm especially in today’s political landscape.
When you put your hope in candidates, remember they are human beings and flawed like the rest of us. This means they will make mistakes, blow it, and let you down. On the other hand, Jesus is the perfect Son of God, King of kings, and Lord of lords. He will always remain faithful! As you broaden your view, keeping in mind Jesus is still in charge, you will experience peace in the midst of chaos and hope in the midst of hopelessness and confidence in the midst of loss. So even though you may have voted for a candidate who lost, always keep your #1 vote with Jesus.
2. Put a Comma, Not a Period
Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Even though the politicians may have claimed there is little hope if they aren’t elected, don’t believe it! The promise found in Romans 8:28 highlights that their claims aren’t true. God is bigger than any election and can work in ways that are both unexpected and unpredictable. This means what is true today may not be true tomorrow regardless of the outlook. Christians must be very careful to avoid putting “periods” (i.e. making final conclusions) on people, circumstances or difficult situations because God can still do a work. Think about where you are today compared to 8 years ago. Would you have predicted it? The same holds true for the next 8 years. Remember life is a series of commas because you never know how God is going work even after an election.
So if you’re frustrated with the results of the yesterday’s election, be hopeful that God is still in charge and He will continue to do a work!