Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Talking Politics With Other Christians

Ah, politics. It seems no matter where we turn on TV, the radio, or even social media, there is something about politics being discussed. The past couple of presidential elections have generated discussions about politics for obvious reasons.

As Christians, it is important that we discuss politics with one another, however, there are times it might feel a little awkward. There might be even times of confrontation when it comes to discussing the political landscape of the nation. So, how are Christians suppose to discuss with one another in the area of politics. Let me give you a few helpful suggestions when it comes to talking politics with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

1. Don't associate their political views with salvation.

God is not a republican or democrat, but the past few elections has made us wonder if He is on one side of the political spectrum. However, it does not mean that when a fellow believer is leaning toward one political party, it does not mean they are not a believer. Brothers and sisters in Christ will have their opinions and preferences which are not yours.

2. Agree to disagree.

It is amazing that many think that someone hates you when you disagree with them. Politics seem to be no different. When discussing politics, you may not see eye to eye with a fellow believer. Be willing to share your opinions and continue to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

3. Don't attack.

The easy thing to do when someone has a different political view is to attack them. In this election season, we are seeing theologians giving their 2 cents as to who Christians should vote for and they are being hammered from those who don't agree with them. We are brothers and sisters in Christ and Jesus said the world will know we are disciples by our love for one another (John 13:35). Attacking a brother or sister in Christ does not show love. Can we disagree? Yes, but that does not mean we jump down their throats.

4. Seek a biblical worldview.

One of the things that many don't think about in a lot of things, politics is one of them, is what does the Bible say about a topic. If we seek what God has said in his word, perhaps it will help us understand the issues at hand. How does this relate to discussing with other Christians about politics? Simple. As Christians, we should be able to come together and open the word for our edification. A lot of time, we just sit with a cup of coffee, or a bottle of Diet Coke in my case, but we don't open the Bible. Yes, seeking a biblical worldview will take time to develop, but the reward it worth it as our minds are being renewed.

5. Pray

I am leaving prayer as the final point in discussing politics with other believers because we are commanded to pray for all people including those in leadership (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Being your discussions with prayer and end it with prayer. What should we pray for in discussing politics with other believers? First, unity. We are to unified despite our difference of opinion in politics. Second, edification. You never know, your conversation could be meaningful to the brother or sister you having a political discussion with. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but one could hope. Finally, God be glorified. In all we say or do, we are to glorify God.

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