Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
One of my best friends voted on a different side than I did. We are both Bible-reading Christians who came to different conclusions on what issues we felt were most important and who we felt would be the best to lead the country. Do I think less of her because we don’t always agree on politics? No. Will we call each other names or degrade the other one for making a different choice? No. We will still have spirited debates about why we believe in our side? Absolutely. Will we expect the other to continue to be educated about what is happening in our country and around the world? Yes. Will we agree in the next election? Probably not. Will we remain friends and love each other anyway? Without a doubt.
Christians, stop it. Quit calling names, posting political opinions that you agree with and then trying to tell anyone who disagrees that you don’t want to be political. Quit condemning the other side because you don’t understand how someone came to that conclusion.
John 13:35 says that the world will know we are disciples of Jesus by our love for each other, our love for the other people who profess faith in the same Savior we do. No wonder the world is a mess. From my newsfeed today I cannot tell who is a believer and who is not. There is condemnation, hate, gloating, attacking, but almost no love, almost no attempt to understand the other side. How can we expect to show the love of Jesus to our lost world if we cannot find it in our hearts to love a fellow child of God whose opinion is different from ours because their life/experiences/economic status/geographic location/___________(fill in the blank) brought them to a different conclusion than our own.
Christian brother or sister, how are you known today? By your love and care for other believers (because until we figure that out we can’t even begin to care for non-believers well) or by your hatred or opposition of a certain political party, figure, or issue?
*NOTE: I am not accepting comments on this post. This idea here is to encourage self-reflection, not a debate.