In Scriptural Defense of Decency
Politics are sticky.
In this great country, we the people are blessed to have a part to play and voice to be heard in the process of selecting our leaders; a process that has grown stickier each election. In many ways, your political views have become synonymous with your religious views – which is not all bad. Our relationship with the Lord should permeate every area of our lives and especially our major life decisions, such as, whom we see fit to lead our country.
This mingling of God’s direction in our lives and the direction of our country can make every twist and turn in an election feel extremely personal and high-risk. Since we’re all deciding together as a nation where we’re going, it’s easy to feel threatened by differing (or sometimes polar opposite) opinions.
It is interesting to note that When selecting a mere dozen men to be exemplary followers and servants of Christ for the rest of history, God included one Zealot (an extreme activist against the government) and one tax collector (a corrupt, big government bureaucrat).
Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, you are not hindered from being a faithful follower of Christ.
So how do we walk through these high octane months in a way that reflects Christ to those around us and keeps our consciences clear? Here are three things to keep in mind from now through November:
Technology has put a bullhorn in your hand, use it wisely.
“Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Prov. 29:20
2: Passionate Political Debates are Vital and Should be had Face to Face
It’s easy to feel attacked by a differing opinion; don’t take the bait. There is no virtue in destroying the opposition in the comments section.
“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” Prov. 18:2
3: Be Slow to Anger
It is possible to disagree and respect one another. That right, to voice your opinion, love your God, and be treated with decency, is what this country was founded on. Walk in that right and make it your great honor to extend that right to your neighbor.
“My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20
It is each woman and man’s responsibility in this and every election to play their part and vote their conscience. If we walk in the love of God, whether your ballot is democrat or republican, God will still say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And isn’t that the very best outcome?