Here’s the thing: I try to stay away from politics. I know how polarizing they can be.
But in light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision regarding so-called “Obamacare,” I’ve seen dozens of Facebook posts regarding the issue, both for and against the court’s ruling.
Some of the posts were well-thought out and in good taste, while others were rash, insulting, careless, or downright mean. I imagine these type of posts will only get more heated and more frequent as November’s election approaches.
Honestly, I’m not sure I even want to write this post. Scratch that, I don’t WANT to. As much as I loathe to speak out on political issues, however, I feel compelled to say something.
If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus, allow me to remind you of this: Jesus isn’t a Republican or a Democrat, and he isn’t running for president.
You see, he is already the King of kings. And you and I, while we may be Americans, are first and foremost citizens of that kingdom.
It’s high time we started acting like it. Because if Facebook is any indication, we haven’t been doing such a good job lately.
James’ epistle sounds like it could have been written yesterday, not almost 2,000 years ago: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be” (James 3:9-10).
No, it most definitely should not.
Regardless of your chosen political affiliation, Republicans and Democrats are BOTH made in God’s image. So let’s not get caught being hateful to each other, no matter how strongly we disagree. “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men” (1 Peter 2:15).
Not by arguing.
Not by staging a protest.
Not by re-tweeting
By doing good.