Christians, Don’t Sweat the Elections!

Posted on November 1, 2018

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By David Ettinger

A Recent Study
According to a recent study by The American Psychological Association, approximately 52 percent of Americans surveyed say the election “is a very or somewhat significant” source of stress in their lives.”[1]

voteGranted, election seasons are emotionally draining, with candidates pulling out all the stops. Much of the rhetoric serves mostly to split the nation and cause major divisions among friends, family members, and fellow workers.

Sadly, this malady has also afflicted believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians too often lunge into the nastiness of election season, casting aspersions on those with opposing views, and doing so with inappropriate vitriol and contempt. Such should not be the behavior of those whose blood Jesus purchased on the cross. And for those who behave themselves properly, quite often they find themselves succumbing to the tension and stress of the season, some even losing sleep over upcoming elections. How unfortunate!

The Stress Factor
Believers in Christ who are reading their Bibles daily should never have to be reminded of what the Word of God says. Regarding stress, one particular passage should always kick in when a believer falls into it, and it is a well-known one:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

The apostle Paul wrote this while incarcerated in a Roman prison, a cursed habitation indeed. Roman prison cells were dark, dank, bug-infested hellholes with no light and terrible circulation. They were nightmarish dungeons designed to destroy the will and body. And yet, from the stench of this pigsty, Paul was able to pen the words “Do not be worse-for-wear-1438209-640x480anxious about anything.”

In commanding – and yes, this is a command – believers not to stress, Paul was not being unrealistic. He knew that stress is a natural human behavior which is almost impossible to avoid. He was not telling believers to turn off their emotions. Rather, note the antidote to stress, which is to “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In return, God will fill you with His blessed and glorious peace. Paul is calling for faith in God, as He – and not politicians – is the One in control of all things, and the hope, nourisher, and provider for all believers.

A Much Better Way
For the believer, stressing over political elections makes no sense. If you truly believe what God’s Word says, you know the coming of Christ is near. America has crossed the line of no return. Though individuals will continue to be saved, there will be no national repentance and turning to God. No politician can do anything to stop America’s downward spiral, and soon God will take center stage at Christ’s return.

In the meantime, rather than stressing over the elections, the Word of God offers a much better way to cope with current events. In Titus 3:1-2, Paul writes: “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to prayer handsslander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Remember, Paul wrote this while the Romans were in power, and if you think the U.S. government is bad, consider that speaking out publicly against the Roman government was punishable by crucifixion. And yet, this is the very government Paul called upon believers to be subject to and not to defame.

Paul further calls on believers – regardless of the political climate – to “slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle to everyone.” How much of this do you see occurring right now?

So there you have it: the way of stress and the way of peace Which to you prefer?

[1] http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/10/13/13259938/election-stress-aniexty-ahhh-poll