Taking Politics Personal
Today, I was pulled into a hot forum debate in hopes that I would intervene and maybe help the dust settle a bit. The debate was a political one. I’m not quite sure how it started, but the title of the thread might give you a peak as to why it was so heated. It was named, “Why Jesus Would Not Vote for Obama.”
Things got hotly debated over which candidate was a better fit for a Christian vote. And somehow, it all got personal. I noticed that quite a bit this year. I’m sure this has been true since we have been voting for presidents. But, I’m slow to catch on at times. Still, I noticed it and I noticed almost everywhere – even on The View (that joke was for free).
But this forum was no regular forum. It is a Christian forum. A popular Christian forum. Well, I have some experience in moderating forums (especially this one) and so they asked me to come and intervene. So I did. I found Christians with their sin sprouting all over the place (as we sometimes have it). We ended up locking down the thread because some were unable to let their guard down. It was best to do. However, I was able to leave a final word in retrospect. I thought that it would be helpful here in my confessions since it is a personal thought on Christian behavior.
Well, the thread is locked now. So, I’ll throw in some final words on this closing issue. Politics seem to arouse people for some reason and I’m not quite sure why. You can talk about a particular candidate and some people (who have absolutely no connection or relationship to the person) will get all upset and angered like you insulted their mom. Its a reality, but I don’t know why.
To that, I ask all believers to stand apart from the typical worldly person and not get angered. These politicians are sinner just like anyone else. They are sup bar leaders when compared to our Leader. And for such a reason we should not be so quickly upset like someone has insulted the Leader of the cosmos.
God is in control. He is Sovereign. If He wants someone in office, then that someone will be in office. So, make your choice in good conscience and what makes sense to you Biblically. We can debate of what (or who) that is but remember that no one is perfect and no candidate will be the Leader in the White House. We all are doing the Leader wants.
The president is in God’s hands. This truth should motivate us to be calm and cool when discussing politics. It should satisfy us so that the mean things (or absurd things) that people say should not shake us in any way.
Let the Lord be your confidence and keep your foot from being snared (Prov. 3:26).