I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I find politics fascinating, but I hate the sliminess that is usually involved.
The reason I don’t discuss politics with people is not because of the sliminess of it, it’s because it’s not productive. Whatever your politically leanings or beliefs discussing politics is almost never productive. When people “discuss” politics it’s to either acknowledge that you both have the same and correct beliefs or to argue.
Arguing about politics just makes people angry. Agreeing that you have the “correct” political beliefs as someone else only further alienates you from people that think differently than you.
So, I don’t like to talk about politics. There are very few people that I feel comfortable enough to discuss politics with, but even then I don’t like it. I give my opinion if asked, but don’t give it like people are dying to know. In reality, my opinion doesn’t matter about politics.
Politics will never change the world.
People change the world.
The most effective way for people to change the world is through the gospel, not politics.
I never want to be so involved and worried about politics that I elevate it above the gospel. The gospel changes people and then those people change the world.
Another reason that I don’t like to talk about politics is because people confuse politics with the gospel. There is not a political party that fully represents Christians or Christ. I agree with things from all different political parties.
To think that one political party could fully represent Christ is to believe in propaganda.
If you are there, I don’t judge you. I was there at one time.
It is hard to really question deeply engrained beliefs, but it is necessary if we are to understand other people and care for them.
I used to think that people should be drug tested before being approved for welfare. Does Jesus say care for the poor, except for the junkies? No.
Jesus doesn’t put a condition on us loving people. What kills me though is that the government is trying to take care of them instead of the church.
On the other end of the spectrum there is abortion which I do not condone. We are called to protect and love all people, even the unborn.
There are so many issues that I could go back and forth about how I agree with this or that, but the point is I do not fully support any political party because none of them fully line up with Christ.
The only times that I will ever speak or write about politics is if it does not line up with the gospel.
If the Church and Christians are allowing their politics to hinder the gospel, I will speak out against it.
We are called to be a light, a refuge, and a place of healing for hurting people. If we are doing anything other than that we are not following Christ.
We can’t allow politics to interfere with spreading the good news about Jesus. If Jesus wanted to use politics to change the world He would have been born into a king’s family, giving Him political authority.
That’s not how Christ did it though so that’s not how we do it now. We are to follow Christ’s example. We are to love the unlovable, heal the untouchable, and embrace the unforgivable.
If we spent as much time and energy telling people about Jesus as we do on politics, we would change the world.