I have facilitated small group studies of many different cultural makeups, and in many different political environments. Some of the most memorable were in 1998 during the Clinton impeachment, when sympathies in my workplace study ran about 50-50 for and against. Political issues can be an ugly place to go, but there is a way to hold a productive and uplifting small group discussion, as long as the leader comes prepared to keep the group focused on the big picture (gird up thy loins, thou small group leader!). For this week, I recommend Psalm 146:
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.
Regardless whether your group members are elated or depressed over this year's election results, the theme of this study is that we must resist the temptation to either idolotry or despair. Instead, we trust and rejoice in our God who reigns.