We’re just a few hours away from the 2020 presidential election. One thing is for sure: about half of the country is going to be disappointed. How about the people in your Bible study group? How will they handle the results? Do these three things no matter who wins tomorrow’s election and you’ll keep your group on an even keel.
- Do pray. No matter which man is elected to the White House, it seems clear that we should pray for our leaders, no matter if we voted for them or not. I Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
- Don’t grouse. If your candidate doesn’t win, don’t be a bad sport. Let’s accept the results and move on. We still have a pandemic to conquer in 2021. You, as the leader of your group, will help determine its culture. Remember that if you are going to gripe, gripes should go up. Don’t gripe to the people you lead.
- Don’t gloat. The tables may turn in the next election, and excessive gloating now may lead to excessive persecution next time – people tend to have good memories about such things! And remember that your gloating might cause people to step away from your group, and no one wants that. If your candidate wins, don’t rub it in.
If you need some advice about keeping politics from blowing up your group, see my previous post.