Christians, Dumbasses & Politics
Let me first say that I have very strong political opinions. However, I work hard to abstain from sharing those opinions – be at from the stage at our church, via social, etc. I have been, as I believe all Christians have been, called to reach all people for Jesus – regardless of their political persuasion. I will go ahead and admit that this election did not turn out the way I had hoped.
Judging by all the posts on social media prior to the election, I expected there to be a great deal of very interesting posts the day after. Which is why posted the morning after – “Our response to the election reveals whether we trust God or man”. However, I was quite surprised by not only the number of posts on social media, but by the type of posts the day after. Mean-spirited, angry, demonizing, and vitriol does not begin to describe what I saw.
I have friends via social media who are Christians, non-Christians, Democrats, Republicans, etc and they were all blasting out their personal election analysis. What was most disheartening to me – was seeing the posts from so many “christians”. By their responses you would’ve thought that the world was coming to an end, and that Barack Obama and the Democrats were in control of the future – rather than God.
The anger and hostility that was expressed towards “those people” who were “stupid enough” (their words) to vote for Obama was just incredible. I saw “christians” calling Obama supporters ignorant, evil, dumbasses, and much worse. REALLY???
As I watched all of this on Twitter and Facebook I couldn’t help but wonder – what are non-Christians thinking as they see what so many “christians” are posting on social media about the election??? It is no wonder why most non-Christians view “christians” as being a bunch of hypocrites.
WHERE IS THE LOVE, grace, and acceptance that Jesus modeled for us and that we are supposed to have toward others???
I am reminded of something Mahatma Gandhi said once – “I like your Jesus but I don’t like your Christians, your Christians are so unlike your Jesus”. And as I have said for years, “Christians have done more to hurt the cause of Christ (by their actions, attitudes, and words) than Satan could ever possibly dream of!”
Christians – PLEASE remember that a non-believing world is watching what we do, what we say, and how we respond in every situation! To be honest with you – if I were a non-Christian and I had been viewing Twitter and Facebook the day after the election, I WOULD WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH “CHRISTIANS“!
Here’s another thought: I wonder how differently our country might look if Christians were NEARLY as passionate about reaching people for Jesus — as they are politics? Just something to ponder.
Folks – Chill out! God is still sovereign and in control! This election did not come as a surprise to Him! Why don’t you harness all that zeal, fervor, and passion you have for politics and use it over the next four years to reach people for Jesus and see what a difference it will make in our country!
Jesus’ “Great Commission” is FAR MORE IMPORTANT than any of us, any political party, any election, or even any country – including the USA! Let’s get and maintain the right priorities and focus!