Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a great week and are excited for our upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I know I sure am! Today I want to talk about this crazy time we’re in here in the United States. I won’t make this a political post, whatever your views are I respect that. But as a Christian I see some of the things going on that concern me and there are several verses of scripture that come to my mind.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,… For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” – Matthew 5:43-47
No doubt you saw a lot of opinions, arguments and maybe even fights on Facebook or Twitter last week over the U.S. Presidential election. Maybe you agreed with some posts, maybe some made you want to lash out with a nasty comment? Or maybe you posted something and received a nasty comment? Maybe some posts really changed your opinion about a friend you thought you liked, but since they posted something you don’t like you unfriended them? I know because I had to deal with it too and resist the urge to do all of those things!
Last Sunday in church I was reminded of a scripture that I really needed to hear, Matthew 5:43-47. Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. That if we love only those who love us, what good is that? Even unbelievers do that, what more are we doing than them?
Now I know just because two people may not agree on their political views that doesn’t make them ‘enemies,’ as this verse says, but it sure seemed that way if you got on Facebook last week or if you have turned on the news to see the thousands protesting in the streets across the country. The point is; as Christians we still need to love and respect those whose opinions differ from ours. If we love only those who share our political beliefs and have feelings of disdain for anyone who opposes us then what better are we than sinners and unbelievers?
Its not wrong to share your opinions, but be respectful. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I saw some very disturbing and highly inappropriate posts and videos last week. People calling people names and throwing insults around like they were getting paid each time they used a four-letter word. Not cool.
Personally, I choose not to share my political views on social media because it can spark such dissension. I try and let my life and my daily walk with God speak for me. I like what 1 Peter 2:13-16 says, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Pray for and support your President and your President-elect. Pray for your nation and your leaders. After all we still are free. Use your freedom to do good and serve God.
I refuse to get worked up about an election even if my candidate doesn’t win because my hope isn’t in any man or woman running for President, my hope is in Jesus. My hope isn’t in this life alone but in the eternal life to come. I know the election is important, but I’m less worried about what goes on in the White House and more concerned about what goes on in my house. So everybody, let’s calm down it’s going to be okay. Let’s be loving and respectful towards one another and let’s be peacemakers instead of strife-starters.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9.
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