During your morning Facebook check, you notice a sister’s status update that talks about “why some ‘insert race or nationality here’ folks always…” Looking at her profile, you notice that she has “liked” a political candidate, social justice movement or group that you do not agree with. You are left feeling weird about the sister. Now what?
There is no Room for Politics in Church
The Bible teaches that we are to pray for “kings and all those in authority.” It does not specify that this only pertains to certain political parties. Moreover, you will be hard-pressed to pray for a political leader with one breath and then bash him with the next. In fact, behind the idea of praying for governing leaders is the ability to “live peaceful and quiet lives.”
The Slippery Slope of Political Speech
Yes, you have the legal right to post anything you like to your Facebook profile. But do you want to be right or righteous? How does a meme slandering a politician or party reflect on your walk with God? How does attacking a president with words and continued status updates glorify God? It would be easy to suggest that you are expressing righteous anger; but are you really?
The Bigger Picture
Look around you next Sunday. Sitting with you during Sunday service are Republicans and Democrats. There are supporters of the Libertarian Party and Facebook fans of “Black Lives Matter.” On Facebook, these folks – were they not Christians – might vehemently disagree with one another and enter into political arguments that quickly disintegrate into vitriol.
The truth is that each of these political platforms has its merits and drawbacks. Parties change. So do the people that join them. The world will not end if the candidate whom you do not support wins the election. Yet if you engage in destructive rhetoric with your brothers and sisters in Christ, you may very well end the unity among you.
Is the posting of the latest political meme really worth that? King Nebuchadnezzar understood that God has the final authority (Daniel 4:34-35). Shouldn’t we do the same?