If you are new here, this is outside my personality and comfort zone, but I feel strongly about sharing God’s truth in this matter.
I don’t know about you but my facebook feed stays filled to the brim with politics these days, especially on debate days. What I sometimes see is atrociously shocking. Christians sharing their opinions and then allowing people who are un-like-minded to make a comment, which sends them into a tailspin, and they proceed to engage in an argument with them, saying things like “you have no use.” I mean really, you know better than the God of the universe to say things like, “You have no use”? That really makes me burn with righteous anger. Every single person on the face of the planet has use and each one will accomplish the Almighty’s plans whether intentionally or not.
Although I will go and vote how I think the Holy Spirit has directed me to vote, I am not in control of who will be elected. God is. And if you think arguing with someone about how un-useful they are will change God’s mind on who will be the next President, you are absolutely crazy! In fact, someone might need to share the gospel with you again – Jesus died so that you can live! with Him, I might add. You have purpose, and so does every other human being that breathes, because God spoke over them and gave them life! He uniquely and creatively designed each one of us, those to the right and those to the left and the rest of us in between.
This is a place of grace – my little blog space. A place where I remember how much the Lord has done for me and for you and where I attempt to be forgiving and loving. And with that in mind, I temper my anger with His love for you who have decided not to show love to one of your facebook friends by arguing with them. Grace though holds hands with the truth. It calls a sin a sin, and allows sin to be repented so that believers can find grace with God again. So I will not be silent about this issue.
The truth is meant to be spoken in love (Eph 4:15). If you have a truth you believe needs to be shared, do it in recognition of the One who bled and died for you. Do not do it rudely or crudely. I know from the way you say that others have no value that you don’t have love for them, but you are commanded to LOVE. Do you know what the Bible says about this?
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Co 13:4-7
What I have seen on facebook is the exact opposite of those verses in Corinthians, and no, I do not think God is pleased. Some Christians have been speaking pridefully, selfishly, and rudely, and have been delighting in causing a “debate” and argument. Being rude, lording it over another human being, filling yourself with anger, and tick-marking how someone continues to make a mistake by forming an opinion is wrong. Neither party is speaking in love, so why even legitimize a question with a response or vice versa? If you know someone aims to argue against your opinion, don’t sin by arguing back with them – causing both yourself and them to sin too. Aren’t we called to remove the plank from our own eyes before addressing the speck in others eyes? I’ve checked my own eyes before writing this post.
We have a right in America to free speech, but that does not mean that God calls us to speak or write as facebook statuses everything that enters our minds. You are not sharing the gospel with your mouth when you call anyone useless, and this is about the only reason we have a mouth – to praise and to share in the work of the cross.
“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Proverbs 4:24
“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” James 1:26
You might think I intend to judge or condemn, but I do not. Neither am I asking any one to apologize to me. I am aware how often I open mouth, insert foot, every day, and how much grace I need just to make it through each moment of every day. So grace is offered here. I need my own personal reminder. But repentance to the Lord is required, and it has been a lack of repentance by Christians and non-Christians alike that has gotten us into the state our country is in. I just want us to check our hearts. I am asking God to show me the ways I fall short and have sinned and I offer my repentance. Join me: Pray and ask God how you need to repent. Then repent and apologize to those you’ve purposefully failed to show love to. God knows my list is long (I mean I fail at loving others well daily), but this post, it is meant to show love to you today, not hatred or condemnation.
I really love what John Piper said in regards to voting in his October 22, 2008 post:
“There are losses. We mourn. But not as those who have no hope. We vote and we lose, or we vote and we win. In either case, we win or lose as if we were not winning or losing. Our expectations and frustrations are modest. The best this world can offer is short and small. The worst it can offer has been predicted in the book of Revelation. And no vote will hold it back. In the short run, Christians lose (Revelation 13:7). In the long run, we win (Revelation 21:4).“