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Stressing About Politics

flagsI recently read an article in the paper titled, This Election is Stressing Everyone Out. According to a survey from the American Psychological Association, half of the population, whether Democrat or Republican, say that “the 2016 election is a major source of stress.” Reasons given for why more of us are worrying this election: the non-stop coverage, the record-breaking degree of negativity, the candidate choices available, and fear of outcome/impact. Interestingly, those over 71 are most worried.

Practical Advice

I have to admit, I’m not immune to the collective angst. And I appreciate some of the advice given by psychologists in the article such as “don’t engage in conversations that will lead to more conflict,” and “read only what you need to stay informed.” That’s practical, and I would add: “Ignore your friends’ political posts on Facebook.” In the overall scheme of things, why should we let our political differences ruin our personal peace or our relationships?

Perspective

Most importantly, we need to keep an eternal perspective:

  • Regardless of who becomes president, God is still on the throne. In fact, God firmly remains King of the Universe, and fortunately, He can never be elected out of office. Halleluia to that, right?
  • We can go to God with our deep concerns for our nation and the upcoming election. Personal inventory: “Am I stressing more than praying?”
  • Finally, let’s hold firmly to hope. We can say with Job, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). God is never wringing His hands in despair over our circumstances, so why should we? He is in control, He has a plan, and His overarching purposes always include the individual Christian’s highest eternal good as well.

Okay, Hillary and Donald. Go at it. November 8th, I think I’m ready for you now . . .

Article cited by Deena Shanker, Bloomberg News