Now that the election is over, your children may be asking a lot of questions. They hear people talking about current events at school, at home, and on the news. As they are processing the election results and reactions they are filled with questions about the future. Below are some ways you can help ease their anxiety and focus them on the Scriptures.
Listen to Your Child
What are they asking? What do they need to know? Listen to them carefully, answer what they are asking, and don’t go into more detail than they will understand. Less can be more, depending on the age of your child.
Look for Positivity
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
It may seem hard at times, but look for positive things in the aftermath and share them with your child. At a time when the world feels very negative, Christian parents have the opportunity to shine the light of the gospel within our homes.
Let them See Your Emotions
Love is patient, love is kind. . . . It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:
You may have strong feelings about the election results and your children will learn how to model emotions from your behavior. Explain to them why you feel what you do and how you are leaning on Christ. Use this as an opportunity to teach how to react to confusing or frustrating situations.
Explain That Your Values are Still Yours
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ Philippians 3:20
Just because you may not agree with the outcome of the election, it doesn’t mean you have to change what you believe. There is room for multiple beliefs in this country. Emphasize this to your children and explain the blessings that come from freedom.
Remind them God Ultimately Appoints Every President
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding. Daniel 2:21
God appoints every member of our government offices, and everything is a part of His plan. Remind them that God uses challenges to strengthen is people. So, we can always place our faith and hope in his promise of provision.
Show them Where to Find True Freedom, Identity, and Hope
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. Psalm 78:7
Remember that our freedom is in Christ, our citizenship is in heaven, and our hope is in God, who reigns forever. Even during the current turmoil, God has prepared a peaceful place for us in his eternal kingdom.
As you discuss the election with your children, you must remember to guide your children. Encourage them to see, think, and act with God’s plan in mind. In spite of the challenging circumstances, take this opportunity to turn your kids’ eyes to the one reigning in heaven on our behalf.