When Politics Fills You with Fear, Anxiety, and Anger
America is in the thick of election year. Emotions are high and tension is growing.
I do not enjoy politics and am not typically someone who delights in political discussion. I will not share my personal views on the candidates here or tell you how to vote. However, my observation is that, no matter personal or political beliefs, it seems the general population is not thrilled with our choices. People seem to feel that America is between a rock and a hard place.
As November looms, fear, anxiety, and anger seem to be sweeping over our nation with the force of a tsunami. It’s understandable. I struggle with those emotions too (especially as a mother who is raising the next generation). The choices made today will affect our tomorrows.
So what do we do with the uncertainty and emotions that can put a choke-hold on us as we analyze what the future may hold?
We run! We run, not from this present age, but to God in the midst of this age! God frees us of the emotions that threaten to consume. He gives perspective, hope, answers, joy, confidence, purpose, boldness, and life through His Word.
Psalm 119 is a great place to anchor our thoughts because we learn that God’s word is our lifeline no matter what comes, “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts” (vs. 92-94).
If we make God’s Word our source of water and nourishment, He renews our minds and our worldview is completely altered. Even our view of politics is adjusted (check out Romans 13:1-4). It is then that we find great hope and peace by resting in God’s sovereignty. He gives us an eternal perspective of the present that goes far beyond ourselves.
As we near elections, make personal choices of how to vote, and watch a new leader step into the presidential role, don’t be dominated by hopelessness, despair, or anger. My pastor recently said, “It is exciting to be alive during this time in history.” He’s right because, as Christ followers, we are alive at this precise point in history for a specific purpose. We are a light that pierces the oppressiveness of the darkness of this world (Matthew 5:13-16) and bring attention to God. We get to be a part of God’s plan and story! Read His promises every day, hold fast to His unchanging truth, and embrace His mission for you!
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” 1 Corinthians 7:17