It happens every time. I go weeks without a political post and I am patting myself on the back for being a good Christian that only posts about positive things and encourages people. I properly share all the positive memes that come across, and I am gracious to avoid sharing those “chain mail forward this or you are a sinner” posts that make everyone nuts.
And then it hits the news: The one topic that gets under my skin that I simply cannot resist. It starts simply enough. A short, admittedly snarky post that makes its point and moves on. Then it all breaks loose in the exchange of comments that follow. The gloves are off baby! Here we go.
And it gets ugly. My facts don’t match your facts so one of us is either lying or living in some sort of fantasy world. Then we accuse each other of simply listening to the talking points of our favorite political radio host, and there is always at least some truth that that on both sides.
What is the answer here? Sorry. Were you reading this article in the hopes of finding the answer? Bad news. I am WRITING this post in the hopes of finding that answer. What is your opinion?
The fact is that our walk with Christ takes place in a world that includes politics. Sometimes, to me, walking away from politics in my walk with Christ is like walking away from tough personal issues like suffering and pain. Since I’d rather not deal with them, I sort of steer clear and look the other way. That feels like a cop out, doesn’t it? I mean, politics does matter. It shapes a lot of what we call our lives. It creates or alleviates suffering. Don’t we have an obligation to discuss politics as Christians?
Christ got into politics, right? He turned over the tables in the temple. You could argue that the crucifixion and resurrection itself was the upending of a political system. But if you said this, you would also have to say that it was only political for as long as it took Christ to rise above the politics of it. The main point being that the politics was really supposed to take second billing. Maybe not even second. He didn’t work WITHIN politics. He worked right through it and left it in the dust.
Perhaps I’m answering my own question while I’m asking it. Our mission is fairly simple. Live the way Christ lived, and make disciples of all nations.
There’s your key. Am I making disciples by posting political arguments on Facebook? Does anyone out there think that is really happening? I don’t. Perhaps there is your answer. Perhaps not every routine part of my day is geared toward making disciples. But shouldn’t the words I share with the world be geared that way?
Something to consider.