I’ve been pondering long and hard on this topic of politics and what it means to be a Christian during a presidential election year. One thing I will say before starting in on this pondering is that it’s going to get worse – the slander, the malicious attacks, the hateful dialogue and mud-slinging.
The amazing ability of social media is that you can share almost anything and within minutes, even hours thousands of people will view it. This opens the doors to all sorts of possibilities: e.g. – evangelism, supporting a cause, raising awareness for something important, getting started on your craft business, book writing, radio/podcast…etc. The sky is the limit to this platform.
There are negatives though to social media.
Trolls actually exist…(not the green ugly type, just ugly to other humans)
Inconsistencies in faith – words / action…
We literally are putting our lives under the microscope and in full view of the world around us – both friend…and not friend.
Putting this aside, let me tackle the elephant…er donkey…er large object neither politically aligned that is in the room right now….(at least in mine, maybe not yours).
I am not sure how we can be Christians who are to show love for others around us and yet descend into brutal knock-down, drag out fights with other so called “Christians” and even non-Christians over which candidate they may or may not be supporting for the upcoming presidential election. It is truly disparaging to see people of proclaimed faith engaging in such low displays – whether it’s slamming or smearing a candidate they can’t stand or disagree with or slamming and calling people studid or fools if they don’t agree. AND I DON’T CARE WHICH SIDE OF THE ISLE YOU ALIGN YOURSELF WITH!!!
I might upset a few of you today, I’m sorry – that is not my purpose.
I am NOT saying don’t have a political opinion or view, I’m just saying either temper it with forethought or don’t share with others that you know will incite a fight…and I sit back and quickly click past your post because it just exploded into another prime example of Christians engaging in some very questionable disagreements.
My personal opinion –
God is on the throne and He is Lord and holds ultimate authority over this earth.
I choose to keep my political opinions and views to exactly that – MY personal and private opinion. Someone might argue “well, if you don’t stand for something…” or “well, you have to take a side...” I would answer, just because I don’t publicly share my views doesn’t mean I don’t have them…but for the sake of my sanity and harmony of my friendships, I will keep them private. After all, I don’t bring my friends into the voting booth…that might seem a little odd if I did (and probably illegal).
I look at the political posts sometimes out there on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s sarcastic, it’s mean a meme or opinion, and I wonder (no matter if they are posted with humor in mind or not) how God-honoring these social activities and posts truly are ? Because I wonder what non-Christians, who are looking at these kinds of posts – posted by “Christians” think about it. I would just like to peer into the window of that exchange for a moment. Because I don’t see acceptance – I see rejection. I don’t see compassion – I see divisiveness, bitterness, rage, envy, malice, harmful dialogue…I see spite and hatred…and I just cringe when I think of the damage it might be doing to our reputation and that of Christ, who we’ve aligned ourselves with by name.
I’m really not in a place to judge – I am certainly not any better than anyone else, and I still make mistakes. I just wonder if we as Christians are still so invested in our political parties that we have lost sight of the bigger picture? Because no matter who is elected president this year, I recognize that all authority comes from God (good or bad) – He has the power to appoint and He alone has the power to take away.
So dear Christian, be mindful & be careful how and what you post…perhaps this will fall on deaf ears today…then again, perhaps not.
Something more to ponder today.