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.

Why Christians Stopped Talking About Jesus’ Second Coming Quick to Listen

Transcribed highlights of the show can be found in our episode summaries. This Sunday kicked off the beginning of Advent. While the season is generally seen as a time of preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas, the focus historically was a time to focus on Jesus’ Second Coming.  The doctrine of Jesus’ Second Coming has traditionally been a major focus of Christian theology: it has been a driving force for missions, it was a source of hope for suffering Christians, it helped to frame Christian worship.  American evangelicals in particular have been shaped by discussion of Jesus’ return—apocalyptic expectation helped to shape the early fundamentalist movement more than 100 years ago. Baby Boomer evangelicalism has been especially focused on the End Times, from Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth of the 70’s to the Left Behind novels of the 90’s. But it seems increasingly rare to us to hear about the Second Coming these days. This week on Quick to Listen, we wanted to talk about why that might be and why a strong understanding of the Second Coming can serve us well as we navigate the pandemic and other crises. Vince Bacote is associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College. He has been serving as a theology adviser for Christianity Today over the last year and is a contributor to our Advent devotional, “Living Hope,” which you can find on our website this week.  Bacote joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss why Christians aren’t talking about the Second Coming as much these days, how these conversations can serve us during the pandemic, and what responsibly talking about the End Times looks like.  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 Vince Bacote on Twitter Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  1. Why Christians Stopped Talking About Jesus’ Second Coming
  2. Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Hillsong's Celebrity Pastors

CP | Corporate Wokeness and Human Rights The Church Politics Podcast

Justin and Christ discuss President-Elect Joe Biden's cabinet pick and what it says about his relationship with the progressive coalition. They also go in depth about the perils of corporate wokeness and how it may actually be hurting the modern social justice movement.
  1. CP | Corporate Wokeness and Human Rights
  2. CP | Fellowshipping with Christians Who Voted for the Other Guy

Our Last Talk Before the Election Faith 2020

In this episode, Michael recaps the campaign, offers his prediction for how things will turn out and offers closing thoughts for Christians before they vote.
  1. Our Last Talk Before the Election
  2. A Conversation with Miroslav Volf


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

Trump's Long Farewell Pantsuit Politics

Topics Discussed:Covid-19 Spread and ProcessingFederal Budget and Potential ShutdownRepublican Women in LeadershipThe Dregs of TrumpThank you for being a part of our community! We couldn't do what we do without you. To become a tangible 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 daily news briefs, GIF news threads, and our real time reactions to breaking news. 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. Trump's Long Farewell
  2. Religious Liberty and Covid-19



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