Being a Christian means sometimes doing things differently.
While browsing social media sites it is almost impossible not to come across something related to the U.S. elections. Everyone wants to express their own feelings about who should win the election and unfortunately most of it isn’t very nice. Most don’t say what’s great about their candidate, it’s instead usually something nasty about the opposing candidate. This seems especially true this year. Once someone sees something negative about their favored, they then return in kind by saying something nasty about the posting or the person who posted it in the first place. It can become an all-out verbal brawl!
Even Christians who don’t vote for national leaders care and have strong opinions on who should be voted for. While I understand it and sometimes get caught up in myself, I soon realize that it is a waste of my time and that in the end it doesn’t matter what I think, God will decide who wins.
This often upsets people who think that notion is ridiculous, but if I call myself a Christian than I have to believe what God’s word says. It is clear that no one is in control in God fearing countries unless God gives them the authority to do so. “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2)
This is quite clear. “…no authority except from God”. While it is true that people who do not worship God have always brought up leaders of their own (Hosea 8) and have not had God’s blessings, ultimately their reality is due to God. America is based on Judeo/Christian beliefs. If we believe we are a godly nation, then we must trust that God will put the right leadership over us. Our part should focus in prayer that God’s will be done in the matter.
As Christians, we should not get caught up in petty arguments and name calling. A joke might seem funny, but it might also be hurtful not only to the candidate, but to others. Is it something we should put on social media if that is a possibility? I am speaking to myself as much as to anyone. It is very easy to laugh at and then share a joke, or funny picture. It’s just as easy to get riled and share or comment on a post. Whether we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other social media site, we must stop and think before we post.
Ask yourself some of the following questions before posting something.
- Is it pleasant? (Proverbs 16:24)
- Is it hurtful or loving? (Proverbs 12:18 & 1 John 3:18)
- Is it wise? (Proverbs 10:19-21)
- Does it bring out good? (Matthew 12:35)
- Is it uplifting? (Philippians 2:3)
More than once I have found myself deleting something I have written or shared. Why? Sometimes because when I look back at it through Christian lenses, I don’t approve of what it says.
Other times it’s because it created controversy or nastiness. I am one who does not like being involved in such things unless they represent God’s truth and even then I I’ll make my point with scripture to back it up and leave it alone. I won’t argue, what’s the point? God tells us to walk away from those who will not hear or take heed to God’s word. The disciples were told to shake off the dust of their feet from a house of those who would not listen. (Matthew 10:14, Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5) We are also told in Proverbs 23:9, “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.”
My point is that when it comes to political leaders, it is easy to fall into what everyone else is doing. It’s fine to say positive things about people, but too much of what we see is angry. What is supposed to be funny, is often just someone’s way to be spiteful or hurtful. What if one of these men or women were related to you, would you do the same? Just something to think about.