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.

The Case for Hope in a Year of Despair Quick to Listen

There’s not a lot making Americans hopeful these days. More than half of the country told pollsters last year that they were “extremely worried” about the direction of the country. One in 4 said that “nothing made them hopeful.” Their anxieties: politics, the pandemic, and inflation. This year, existing worries have likely been compounded by fears and anger over mass shootings, the war in Ukraine, sex abuse scandal cover-ups by church leaders, a massive drought on the Southwest side of the country, climate change inaction, spiking fentanyl deaths, and an explosion in homelessness.In the midst of this, why should Christians hope? Carmen Joy Imes is associate professor of Old Testament at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. She previously joined the show to nerd out about the Bible in light of Donald Trump getting COVID-19 and controversy over the San Francisco school board seeking to drop the names of well-known Americans from their schools. Imes joined global media manager Morgan Lee to discuss what it looks like to practice hope in the midst of despair and how we move past Christian platitudes and flimsy one-liners to a robust faith in something greater than our present circumstances. What is Quick to Listen? Read more. Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow the host on Twitter: Morgan Lee Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Faith Ndlovu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. The Case for Hope in a Year of Despair
  2. There's No Good Plan to Stop 100,000 Opioid Deaths a Year

The Silence of Partisan Christians The Church Politics Podcast

Justin and Chris discuss the problem with so many Christians being silent about the wrongdoing and unbiblical positions within their political party. They also make a special announcement about the AND campaign and talk about sports gambling on college campuses.  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/20/business/caesars-sports-betting-universities-colleges.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/10/realestate/us-cities-rats.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. The Silence of Partisan Christians
  2. The Respect for Marriage Act

The Final Episode: Election Recap Faith 2020

In this final episode, Michael Wear examines the role faith played in the election outcome.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. Pre Election Special!
  2. Bonus Episode: Hopes for the First 100 Days of the Next President

Instability Around the Globe Pantsuit Politics

Sarah and Beth look at instability in financial markets and countries across the globe.TOPICS DISCUSSEDFinancial MarketsHaiti, Iran, and ChinaOutside Politics: ThanksgivingTo become a financial supporter of Pantsuit Politics and get access to our Holiday Party for Premium Members, please visit our Patreon page or subscribe to our Premium content on Apple Podcasts SubscriptionsPlease visit our website for full show notes and episode resources. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
  1. Instability Around the Globe
  2. How Mindfulness Can Change Your Brain and Your News-Related Stress with Dan Harris

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