For the past few days, my social media accounts have been flooded with news and arguments about the boarder crisis. Some of the things I have seen from both political parties have been downright ugly. Some of the things I have seen fellow Christians and non-Christians say have been downright ugly.
Our lights are diminishing through the way we have been speaking to one another on social media.
What we say on social media reflects what is in our hearts. If we spew hatefulness onto our social media accounts through our keyboards, we are not pointing our responses to everyday issues in our country back to Christ. When we type a response out to someone with a differing belief or political viewpoint in haste, not taking the time to use wisdom and think about what we are saying, we are not pointing the lost to Christ. When we get caught up in the traps and pitfalls of social media, we lose sight of what really matters most in our lives as Christians.
Pointing and leading people to Christ is the most important thing we can do in our lifetime. We can’t effectively share the gospel with others around us and within our social media realm if we’re too busy arguing with one another. It shines an ugly light.
My mom used to say to me growing up, “Don’t discuss politics at the dinner table. It does no good and only leads to heated tempers and hurt feelings.”
I’ll be honest and admit that I didn’t always follow my mom’s advice when I was younger. Now that I am older, I see the importance in her lesson. Whether or not we post our opinions on a political issue in love, someone always ends up mad or accusing. We are not to dispute with one another because it isn’t edifying to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Titus 3:9 says, “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”
This scripture teaches us to avoid the political debates that are all over our social media accounts today. It teaches us that nothing good can come from them. We should be instead investing our time and energy into sharing the Good News with those around us. People don’t need to hear our opinions, they need to hear God’s word. This world needs Christ more than it needs anything else. We need to be investing our time in working for the spreading of the gospel instead of which political party is right on certain issues.
I don’t believe we should stay silent about our beliefs, sitting on the sidelines, and do nothing when it comes to social issues and legal policies going on in our country today. We should speak up and do the right, moral thing, but before we speak or take action we should pray for Christ to give us discernment on how to speak and take action.
When we use discernment to speak, type a status, or reply to a comment, we will be following the spirit of God and obeying the way He wants us to be towards one another. Praying for wisdom eliminates the chance of us causing strife and division among one another.
Philippians 4:2-3 says, “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.” “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”
In these scriptures we see Paul calling out two women in the church in Philippi for arguing with one another and not getting along. He urges them to find unity and to work together for the same cause. These scriptures can serve as a lesson to us today on the importance of putting our differing viewpoints and opinions behind us and instead putting Christ and the work of the gospel before us with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
If we are too busy arguing with one another about a hot topic in the news, we lose our unity and we lose our witness to sharing the gospel with the lost.
2 Timothy 2:23-25 says, “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,” “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;”
We are to be gentle and kind to one another. We are to teach the lost about Christ. We are to be patient with those who are new in Christ and not at the same spiritual level that we are at. We are to be how Christ is to us towards those around us. Our actions, our words, our social media accounts, and the way we treat one another should always point people back to Christ so that they can see Him through us and our lives.
The world needs Jesus, not political debate after political debate that only causes more division. Show them Jesus. Be like Jesus. Love like Jesus. Be the solution for this world instead of adding to the problems this world already has.