Political conversation is the Las Vegas of the Christian community. It is where our sin is excused. Hate is winked at, fear is spread, and conflict is celebrated. Go wild, Christ-follower. What is said or done here, stays here. There are no consequences here. Jesus don’t live in Vegas.
Not only are believers excused for political sins, but they are often celebrated for doing them. Slander (verbal) and liable (written) is explained away as righteous anger; winning arguments considered more important than having truthful debates (aka: where the “facts” are actually facts). I cringe when leaders tell me the Church should be heavily engaged in the political process. Why would we do that? The political process is dirty and broken and far from Jesus. Paranoia and bitterness are hardly attractive symbols for Christ’s bride.
So, instead of simply participating in the political process, Christians have a duty to purify it, elevate it. Like any other sin, we are called to stand above the prejudiced conflict and make sure we demonstrate a better way. Should we have an opinion? Yes. Should we care about our country? Sure. Should we vote? Every time. But it’s time we talk politics in a ways that model the teachings of Jesus. This will help avoid Christianity becoming a caricature of what is called to be.
So, with that in mind, here are some things we need to remember:
Church, don’t be sucked into the nonsense. Rise above the talking points from either side. Remember the purpose for your life: Love God. Love others. Make disciples for the Master (Jesus). As John Wesley once said, “He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment.” Be the change making catalyst, not the victim of outside forces. But, make sure you are a Jesus following catalyst.
Maybe you agree with this. Maybe not. No matter I truly hope to see you Sunday as we worship together and be the Church.
See you Sunday!