“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse…do not be haughty in mind…”-Romans 12:10-16 (NASB)
I just read an article that discussed how the upcoming election is influencing friendships and families. It shared that many people are “unfriending” people due to political views. One person actually said they were blocking friends who did not agree with what they believed or were too liberal.
Is this what we have come to?
I am not sure where this individual stood on their relationship with Christ, but the sad reality is, there are many Christians who would say they do the same thing.
I have seen pastors share political views on social media and tell people not to disagree with them or they would block them or delete their friendship. I have read posts from people who claim Christ that have created dividing lines between them and anyone who did not care the same opinions. What concerns me the most about this, is that many times the people who are being deleted or put on another side of the line, are other Christians who hold differing views.
This truly is a sad situation.
When did we decide that we should delete people who hold to different ideas than us? Where did Christ say that? Hint: He didn’t.
Let’s bounce back to the 90’s for a second and look at our “WWJD” bracelets and ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” I hope He wouldn’t delete our relationship when we think something different than Him.
We have to remember that we are connected by Christ, not by ballots. We are defined by the Ruler of the world, not by people who want to rule the world.
If we allow our connection with others to be influenced by differing opinions, then we most likely won’t have very deep relationships.
If we are only friends with people who hold to our ideas, then we will not grow. How can we if there is nothing different being shared? We need different opinions to shape our own. We need challenges to grow. We might risk having our thoughts broken down, but that might be necessary for us to rebuild them with a stronger foundation.
We can be in relationships with people who have thoughts that don’t necessarily fit our own.
Christ brought 12 men together with opposite views on politics and got them to work in a group to change the world. That’s where our lesson should be found. Christ showed that differences can be overlooked when His mission is more important than our agenda.
What we feel is right just might be right, but we have to recognize that what the other person might feel is right, just might be right as well. We have to be willing to share why we believe what we believe, but be humble enough to hold rational conversations with our brothers and sisters.
This election has created a lot of tension, but it should not break us apart, especially brothers and sisters in Christ.
May we find our love again. May we step into healthy relationships with fellow members of creation. May we remember that God is not republican or democrat, but the King who has defined the world by His standards.
Please, let us give preference to another for the glory of God.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: What relationships do you need to mend during this season?