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.

Before Simone Biles Becomes Christians' Next Sports Metaphor Quick to Listen

After one vault on Tuesday, Simone Biles took herself out of the US gymnastics women’s team competition. A day later, she withdrew from the all-around, “in order to focus on her mental health,” read a statement on the USA Gymnastics' Twitter account. Simone also blamed the twisties, where, as the Washington Post describes, athletes “lose control of their bodies as they spin through the air. Sometimes they twist when they hadn’t planned to. Other times they stop midway through, as Biles did. And after experiencing the twisties once, it’s very difficult to forget. Instinct gets replaced by thought. Thought quickly leads to worry. Worry is difficult to escape.” While the majority of fans have reacted to Biles’ departure from these marquee competitions with support, it did draw scorn from some, who see her decision not to compete as quitting or a cop out. As with everything else these days, Biles’ decision became part of the culture wars. And no doubt her decision will make its way into countless sermon illustrations this weekend. This week on the show, we wanted to talk about how our discussion of elite athletics shapes the way we think about Christian discipleship. And when we hear words like sacrifice and redemption in our culture, it’s most often in a sports context. How is that shaping the way the church is talking about those words? Brian Gamel is a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor University’s Faith and Sports Institute, where he is writing a book on athletic imagery in the New Testament. He also wrote a piece for Christian Scholar’s Review earlier this year called “‘Whoever Wishes to Become Great’ – Sports, Glory, and the Gospel.” Tim Dalrymple is the CEO and editor in chief of Christianity Today. He is also a former elite gymnast: When he was a sophomore at Stanford, he was the NCAA’s top-ranked gymnast and a likely Olympics contender, until an accident on the high bar broke his neck and ended his athletic career. Gamel and Dalrymple joined global media manager Morgan Lee and executive editor Ted Olsen to discuss Paul’s athletic metaphors, a biblical theology of the body and sport, and what it means to actually support athletes in your church.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 Follow Tim Dalrymple on Twitter Email our guest: Brian_Gamel@baylor.edu Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Faith Ndlovu  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. Before Simone Biles Becomes Christians' Next Sports Metaphor
  2. Billionaires Are Traveling to Space. Should Christians Celebrate?

Giboney's Sports Tribalism Theorem and Dishonest Storylines The Church Politics Podcast

Justin and Chris apply Giboney's Sports Tribalism Theorem to the Olympic Games in Japan. The hosts also talk about the government's role in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot and about how the CRT debate just got messier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. Giboney's Sports Tribalism Theorem and Dishonest Storylines
  2. A Lack of Charity in Political Discourse

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

Infrastructure in Real Life: Emerging Infrastructure Pantsuit Politics

We've talked water, electricity, and transportation, but today's final episode of our Infrastructure In Real Life series is about the 21st century infrastructures that are still emerging. ⁠⁠We spoke to Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Adie Tomer, and Kathryn de Wit about broadband and how vital it is for communities to have high-speed access. We also spoke to Savitha Moorthy and Anne Helen Petersen about why dependable childcare is essential to our economy and how we should be supporting both parents and childcare workers better. ⁠Click here for our Premium content on Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.Please visit our website for full show notes and episode resources.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Infrastructure in Real Life: Emerging Infrastructure
  2. Infrastructure in Real Life: Transportation

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