I swear, it’s gonna be all over if the “other guy “wins!
Has that phrase or something similar come out of your mouth? It doesn’t matter which candidate is the “other guy” for you, both sides feel like it will be the end of the world if the “other guy” wins.
We’re a month out from the election, but our fears about what will happen after the election have been floating around for a long time now. This is called “election anxiety” and it’s a real thing.
Look at the list of fears below. How many of these resonate with you?
I fear that the other person/other party will:
____ pass laws/agendas that oppose my religious beliefs.
____ reduce/remove some of my personal freedoms.
____ not protect me from personal pain or harm.
____ make us vulnerable to attack from other countries.
____ take away what I’ve worked so hard to gain or earn.
____ sink our country into financial collapse.
____ cause our country to fall into violence or chaos.
____ become a tool of Satan or usher in the End Times.
(By the way, did you notice how it doesn’t matter who your “other guy” is, that the fears are the same on both sides of politics?)
It doesn’t matter if you checked off one or all of them. I wanted to create space for you to get all of those fears about on the table. I’m not judging you, instead, I care about you, so that’s why I’m writing this post. My passion is helping women live beautifully strong and courageous in the midst of fear because I don’t want you to miss out on God’s great adventure of purpose for your life. If you’re struggling with election fear, I see you and I want to walk with you through this difficult space toward God’s freedom and peace.
Uncertainty and Election Anxiety
Not knowing who will win the election creates just as much fear as wondering what will happen after the election.
Uncertainty drives us crazy. WE WANT TO KNOW IF WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY! When we don’t know, those questions marks leave us feeling insecure and uncertain. Our natural negative bias kicks in and we begin creating negative mental movies in our minds about everything that we might lose or the pain that we might feel. If you’ve done my Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Bible study, I call those negative mental movies, WorryFlix. Like NetFlix or any other streaming media, WorryFlix serves up one awful episode after another in our mind. It’s so hard for us to stop watching!
Your mind collects whatever it is that you’re afraid of and uses that to script your WorryFlix episodes. The more that you read, watch or listen to in the news, the more WorryFlix election episodes that your mind can generate to keep you awake at night fearing the loss of everything that you hold dear. The worst part is that your body feels your WorryFlix like it’s really happening and the anxiety persists. But the good news is that you can win your election worry battle.
Canceling Your Election Anxiety
The Bible contains over 300 verses that contain “do not fear” or “do not be afraid” because God knew that we’d feel threatened by uncertainty. Being afraid isn’t a sin.
But God doesn’t want you to live IN fear. He wants you to live in confidence and security that He is with you and for you, no matter the elections outcome.
If you want to escape living IN fear, it begins with flipping your fear.
In my Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Bible study, I say it like this:
The difference between worry and worship is who you are talking to.
For this year’s election, I’ve added one more sentence to that statement:
The difference between worry and worship is who you’re listening to.
For years, I fought a raging worry battle. The change came when I realize that I could turn my worries into prayers. One of the techniques that I write about in the Bible study is a smiple flip from “What if” to “God, if…”
Let’s practice. Instead of saying:
What if _____ wins the election and wrecks the economy?
Flip that worry into a prayer and say, “God, if _____ wins the election and wrecks the economy, I know that YOU will/can _________.
When you pray “God, if…” over “what if,” that’s how you cancel WorryFlix because as 1 John 4:18 says, “(God’s) perfect love casts out fear.”
I discovered this while reading about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying before the soldiers came to arrest and crucify him. Jesus faced stress so intense, his sweat was like drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Yet, instead of “what if” worries, Jesus prayed, “God, if…” prayers . As Jesus prayed, “God, if…” he found the strength to face whatever lied ahead. You can, too. Do the flip from “what if” to “God, if…” whenever you begin stressing out about the election and God will give you the strength and peace to face whatever happens.
A few final thoughts. Take what you’d like and leave the rest…
- God isn’t for or against one political party or another. It’s insulting to God when we try to shove Him in our American political boxes.
- I do not believe that God cares one iota about how you vote. God gives you a free-will, a conscious and His Holy Spirit to guide you. Vote based on your convictions and recognize that your convictions might be different than someone else’s.
- Vote because it’s good stewardship. (Full Disclosure: I’ve voted in every presidential election since I was 18 years old except for the one election when I’d given birth six days before and didn’t feel physically well enough to make it to the polls.)
- God is concerned with eternity, not this election. This presidential election and the next four years are a teeny-tiny blip on God’s eternal timeline. Our country’s future isn’t guaranteed, but our eternal security in Christ is!
- God cares about your character more than your comfort. If your election anxiety is related to the fear that you might lose makes you feel secure and happy, perhaps God’s invitation is for you to shift your security to Him alone. BONUS: I’ve included a few graphics below with a few verses that you can save to your phone and recall when you’re feeling election anxiety.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Dear God, you are my future! Today, I need to let go of my election anxiety and focus my eyes on you. I trust that Your presence, Your promises, and Your provision will be all that I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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As usual, you have cut through the noise and landed on the heart of the matter! Thank you as always for sharing your wisdom learned from real life experiences so we can all grow in grace and truth.
Cicella, thank you, my friend. I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.
I have severe election anxiety. Didn’t know it was a real thing.! Your post helped so much. Thank you.
I heard you speak at a women’ s conference in Kansas City a couple of years ago and just loved your talk ! Wishing you well
Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment. I am so very glad that God used this article to speak into where are are a today! I’m looking forward to when I can head back to Kansas City and hang out with the Rez Church ladies and friends again. All the best, Barb
Thank you, Barb! I especially appreciate the way you’ve described here to shift the fretting thoughts to prayers by that simple word change. I often sit before God in my fears, knowing he knows, but this is additionally helpful!!!
Savannah, thank you for stopping by the blog today and sharing your comment. I am so glad that you were encouraged!