One thing that is true of every coin that has ever been minted is that it has at least 2 sides. It’s impossible to have only one side in anything actually – coins or otherwise… Yet that is something many people try to do with every topic under the sun… from the mundane to politics to theological thought. And lately, what I see from a huge number of people, is that they have decided “the one who screams the loudest and longest wins.”
Yes – we all have the right to say all that we want to say – it’s an amazing part of being an American. But “having the right” to say something is not the same as “having” to say something. The sad part is though that for many, things political have bled over into their bases of faith. And it has happened in both groups – left and right. Neither side really trying to find ways to move together… both sides seeming to have given up on any hope of that ever happening.
Neither side willing to hear the other side… both sides having wholesale disregard for the other.
Neither side being able to see any point the other side has… both sides being more interested in entrenching themselves in their own view of right and wrong.
Both sides have the right to do so… neither side will see benefit from doing it.
Interestingly Paul, in a letter he wrote – 2 Timothy, said something about this very issue for us as Christ Followers. Specifically it’s in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
Paul was talking about preachers but man – it is definitely applicable in our world today. Christians on both sides of the political spectrum are doing that same thing. Each side only listening to leaders who teach what they agree with. The only thing I think both sides have correct is that… the other side is wrong.. because neither side has it all right.
One post I saw on Facebook recently said. “People who say they are Christians but oppose open borders and open immigration cannot be true Christians.” What?!? Another person’s post said, “Christians cannot be democrats because ALL democrats support abortion.” Yikes people. I understand being passionate about issues – but please… don’t pretend to know the heart of someone based on your perception of their beliefs or chosen political party.
I oppose open borders and open immigration but I desperately want to help people in impoverished situations and help them change the countries where they live so that they see a life long solution for not just them but for all the generations that will follow. I adamantly oppose abortion but I believe we need to do drastically more for women who find themselves in situations where they are considering that as an option and make adoption and fostering a priority in our communities. The Church can and would be the solution if we listened to Jesus and followed His command… He gave us all one simple instruction:
In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Do that. Love people in spite of their beliefs. Stop pontificating! If you are spending more time “preaching” about how ignorant, hateful, selfish, idiotic the other side is that you do talking about your own solutions, your passion may be destroying you from the inside out.
Maybe if people would stop demonizing the other side and start focusing on being a difference maker in whatever issue it is they are passionate about the world would truly be changed rather than polarized…
Naive? Maybe. But naive or not… I believe love can change the course we are on. The only real questions is, will we ever try it?