Expressing one’s political beliefs on social media lately is like dropping bloody fish guts right into a shark tank. It’s downright scary at instances.
That’s why I usually sit out these exchanges. However I’ve seen brothers and sisters in Christ trash one another too usually.
I cringe each time I see some iteration of: “You’re a smart guy. Take down this garbage…” May there be a greater means? I hope so. Jesus stated that with out unity, we (the Church) can’t be efficient witnesses to the world (John 17:20-23). With that in thoughts, listed below are some inquiries to ask ourselves as we interact in these tough however obligatory conversations:
1: Is my goal merely to make some extent, or to level individuals to Christ?
2: Am I relating to the individual I disagree with as a fellow image-bearer of God?
3: Are the issues we agree on of extra consequence than the issues we disagree about?
4: What if neither of us has a full grasp on all the problems, and we’d like one another to see a extra full image?
5: Can I acknowledge the inherent battle, pressure and trade-offs of siding with any political get together?
6: Can we acknowledge that no political get together has a monopoly on what we imagine? That in some circumstances it’s not so simple as this versus that?
7: May we work collectively outdoors of the present political surroundings to exhibit the love of Christ and enhance issues in our nation?
8: Am I inserting my tradition, my area, traditions or another affiliation or ideology above identification with Christ and what He instructions?
9: Am I defending the reality of God’s Phrase, or striving to protect energy, wealth and entitlements that favor me above others?
10: Has my private apathy and compromise contributed to our nation’s present societal ills?
11: Is my aversion to our management so acute that it impedes me from obeying the biblical instructions to honor (1 Peter 2:17) and pray for our leaders (1 Tim. 2: 1-3)?
12: Is my protection of our management so unequivocal that it impedes me from obeying the biblical command to talk up and defend the rights of weak and destitute (Prov. 31: 8-9; Jer. 22:3)?
13: Can I name out any unbiblical views my brother or sister may need in humility and in love?
14: Can I settle for being referred to as out for any unbiblical views I may need in humility and love?