I tend to steer away from politics and indeed, here at CB there are limits in place in regards to what percentage of our blogs can be politically related as well as a policy banning hate speech which includes attacking those of opposing political views. While some may view that as "censorship"I view it as wisdom and I would like to thank John B. Abela (@abelajohnb) for being a wise "undershepherd" in placing and enforcing these guidelines lest the sheep tear themselves apart! Over the past few months, CB has truly been a peaceful refuge from all the fighting in cyberspace for myself and perhaps for other members as well.
I don't believe I have ever been more heartbroken over the behavior of too many of my Christian friends who are lined up on both sides of the fence. I have family and friends on opposing sides and have seen them verbally (brutally) attack one another. These are people who a year ago would have claimed to love one another! What is wrong with us? When we sling insults on social media, when we get caught-up in "mob mentality", when our focus is on the events of this world more than it is on Christ and the job He commissioned us to do, we are not having the mind of Christ.
The reaction of supporters and dissenters alike to the US presidential election is a prime example of this but it is not the only one. The sociopolitical and economic structure of this world is being shaken as it has never been shaken before. World-wide people are rising up against one another, pointing fingers of accusation. Families are divided against each other and unfortunately, the Church has not been immune to this.
We are called to be ambassadors of Christ. Are we or are we too busy fanning the flames of division and hate? As Christians the commission God has entrusted us to do is to be witnesses of the redemptive and transforming power of Jesus Christ. We are to reflect not the light of a political leader or even ourselves but the light of Jesus Christ. Is this what we do when we look to at an individual as a destroyer or even worse, a savior? Is this what we do when we hurl insults and accusations (often false ones) through cyberspace and plaster things on our social media pages that incite rage against individuals and encourage others to "like" and/or share the posts? Is this being an ambassador of Christ? Is it?
The Word of God gives us clear direction as to what our response, as Christians needs to be. It is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. We need to humble ourselves, seek God's face and pray. Are we doing that or are we too busy fighting with one another on Facebook, organizing or participating in a protest or planning an act of civil disobedience?
I could not agree more ... it is heartbreaking and the Lord placed writing a blog much like yours on our call to be humble whether 'our' candidate won or not. To look to Him and not a person for godly change and to lead.
"But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name. And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold."
I read this several years back and remember thinking: "How could it possibly get this bad?" Well, we're seeing that it really doesn't take much. I am ashamed/brokenhearted to think and say that the people that I know that once claimed to love each other and be united in Christ are now getting to the point where I fear they would hand each other over. If we're honest with ourselves, then we'll humbly realize that it's not just the refugees that need rescuing.
The sociopolitical and economic structure of this world is being shaken as it has never been shaken before. World-wide people are rising up against one another, pointing fingers of accusation. Families are divided against each other and unfortunately, the Church has not been immune to this.
Unfortunately there is nothing new under the sun. I am reading 'Here I stand' a book about the life and times of Martin Luther in the 15,00's and believe me what is happening now has happened before and will happen again. Families where turned against one another to the point where they encouraged their family member be put to death. Economically Europe at that stage was going through a time of turmoil and change. People fled, people fought, people took opposing sides and both sides really believed they were standing firm in faith.
I am a firm believer that a christian has to be radical in their love at times. We have to defend the defenceless and be a voice for those whose voice is silenced. There are times we have to call out Ungodly practices by our governments and leaders ; but we have to do it without hate and malice. That last part, that seems to be the hardest.