POLITICS: Election day

Well, we made it – election day is here! Many of us are anxious and fearful while some of us are hopeful and expectant. Most of us are probably a blend of the four.

Here are some resources to help you throughout the next several days. Take your time and click on what interests you.

Updates:

11/4/2020 – Added link to Quick to Listen podcast, added link to New York Times news organization tracker

START IN PRAYER
If you don’t know where to start Kaitlyn Schiess, author of The Liturgy of Politics, has provided a PDF of prayers for election season. On pages 3 and 4 she has prayers for election day – pick one or two and pray them as you go throughout your day.

Lord, be with me in this day, a day with great significance and possibility, a day with ordinary struggles and delights, a day that is one precious opportunity to serve my neighbor among many others.

A prayer from The Liturgy of Politics, Kaitlyn Schiness


BE INTENTIONAL WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Read pages 4 and 5 from the Practices for Election Season PDF provided by Schiness. It provides practical suggestions on how one should engage with social media.

BONUS: Here is an intriguing website where you can play around with how the news is curated towards different social media bubbles. Hint, you are in one of your own and it takes work to get out.


BE DISTINCT
Please do not get caught up in the hype – as a Christian we should be distinct and different in our interactions online and in person and the media we choose to consume.

Read chapter 5 (Messaging and Rhetoric) and chapter 8 (Civility and Political Culture) from Compassion (&) Conviction for a reminder on how our leaders, and us, should be engaging with each other and the public.


READ THESE ARTICLES

  • ARTICLE: 5 Expert Tips for Following Election Stats – Five practical tips – from not trusting the exit polls to being patient to which demographics to focus on – to separate the facts from the hype during election day.
  • ARTICLE: The Day After – Empathy is the key to healing America. It needs to be learned as it provides the path to loving our neighbor and the solution to real-world problems.
  • ARTICLE: Why Evangelicals Disagree on the President – A well thought out article on how the church is split between visions of the kingdom of Heaven. Whichever vision you agree with it is your duty to “reach out to those who disagree with you and demonstrate the love of Christ.”
  • ARTICLE: Electoral college explained – An explanation of how the electoral college works and a short history along with key dates. Also, take a look at the video below for an explanation.

CHOOSE YOUR RESOURCES WISELY
Here are several resources, including some of our own, that we have found useful.

  • Curated List: Politics – Our own curated list of articles, books, movies, shows, podcasts and sermons on ways Christians can approach politics. Most of the media are geared towards before election day, but the principles to be learned are still relevant.

  • New York Times Outlet tracker – Tracks which news organizations have called winners.

  • Reclaiming Hope Newsletter – Hosted by Michael and Melissa Wear on Substack.com the Wears provide commentary, context and information on the latest political news. During election day he will host political scientists and strategists as they breakdown the news – the newsletter also has a useful graphic showing when states will begin counting mail-in ballots. Here is his election day post.

    Wear is one of the top Christian leaders engaged with politics and provides a safe, respectful place to exchange ideas and ask questions. His newsletter costs $5 a month or $50 a year, but it is well worth the cost.

  • The Dispatch – Commentary, news, podcasts and much more — we highly recommend subscribing to their free Monday-Friday The Morning Dispatch newsletter. Here is newsletter for election day – lots of solid information there along with an electoral map.

    On Nov. 3 they will be hosting a Dispatch Live that is available to subscribers. On Nov. 9 and 10 they will be hosting a two day What’s Next conference. Cost is $100 for a two day pass and includes a year of The Dispatch.

  • The Exchange with Ed Stetzer has a plethora of discussions with pastors, authors and thought leaders on this election season. Lots to dig into here.

  • Christianity Today election headlines – Balanced and well written without being sensational.

Did Rush Limbaugh Reshape Christian Radio, Too? Quick to Listen

Transcribed highlights of the show can be found in our episode summaries. Last week, conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh died at age 70. Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated political show first hit the airwaves in the late 1980s. He was beloved by many who shared or later adopted his political views and his penchant for conspiracy theories. Many of his critics, however, pointed out his cruel and crass remarks. Limbaugh’s legacy was hardly limited to politics. In a tribute to him, one Christian leader wrote for USA Today, that “ Christian talk programs in particular wouldn't even exist today were it not for Limbaugh's success. Christian radio would still be limited to sermons and songs. But instead, radio stations realized the benefit of capturing even a slice of Limbaugh's audience share and offered new hosts and new voices opportunities to join a new, more democratic discussion of the issues.” Mark Ward Sr. is associate professor of communication at the University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, Texas. His books include The Electronic Church in the Digital Age, Air of Salvation: The Story of Christian Broadcasting, and The Lord’s Radio: Gospel Music Broadcasting and the Making of Evangelical Culture. Ward joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen on Quick to Listen to discuss Limbaugh’s impact on Christian radio, how Christian radio differs from Christian TV, and how the medium does or not does not make the message What is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Yvonne Su and Bunmi Ishola Christianity Today’s most recent article on mixed-gender friendships Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. Did Rush Limbaugh Reshape Christian Radio, Too?
  2. Don’t Diminish Ravi Zacharias’s Abuse With ‘We’re All Sinners’

Book Censorship and Restitution-Based Immigration Reform The Church Politics Podcast

Justin and Chris talk about Amazon's decision to remove a Christian writer's book from it's website. They look at ways Christians can sincerely love their LGBTQ neighbors without embracing every aspect of transgender ideology. The co-hosts also talk about the merits of restitution-based immigration reform and the Christians who are advocating for it.
  1. Book Censorship and Restitution-Based Immigration Reform
  2. The Black Panthers, Grace and the Aesthetics of Justice

The Final Episode: Election Recap Faith 2020

In this final episode, Michael Wear examines the role faith played in the election outcome. 
  1. The Final Episode: Election Recap
  2. Our Last Talk Before the Election


Pre Election Special! Prophetic Politics

We give some last thoughts before the 2020 election.
  1. Pre Election Special!
  2. Bonus Episode: Hopes for the First 100 Days of the Next President

Civic Education and Democratic Representation (with Sharon McMahon) Pantsuit Politics

Topics Discussed:Covid-19 Vaccine UpdatesMilitary Force Used in SyriaAmerican Rescue PlanMoment of Hope: Virginia Abolishes the Death PenaltySharon McMahonOutside of Politics: Bedtime Routines with PartnersThank you for being a part of our community! We couldn't do what we do without you. To become a financial supporter of the show, please visit our Patreon page, purchase a copy of our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), or share the word about our work in your own circles. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for our real time reactions to breaking news, GIF news threads, and personal content. To purchase Pantsuit Politics merchandise, check out our TeePublic store and our branded tumblers available in partnership with Stealth Steel Designs. To read along with us, join our Extra Credit Book Club subscription.Please visit our website for full show notes and episode resources.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Civic Education and Democratic Representation (with Sharon McMahon)
  2. Infrastructure and Earmarks



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