I love you (so much), but I don’t want to see another post about how much you loathe Donald Trump. Or can’t stand Cruz. Or just despise Hillary Clinton.
These posts make me cringe on your behalf. Not because I support any one of them, but because I totally support YOU, and this isn’t your best self.
My next-door neighbor supports Donald Trump. Not in a rabid or militant way, but in a quiet and personal way. I think of this honorable man when the articles you share imply that Trump supporters are blind and stupid.
My neighbor is not blind or stupid. He is exceptionally thoughtful, and always respectful. And so when I read your article I cringe for you – and for your considerable lack of respect and thought.
Our words (if we are Christians) are to reflect the truth, the grace, and the wisdom of God. We are not to think too highly of ourselves, or insist on our own way. Instead, we are called to be pockets of heaven in this ‘not-yet-heaven’ world.
We can’t use our prophetic voices for truth, friends, without it being rooted in great love for God and neighbor. Without love we sound like clanging gongs.
Christians are called to make beautiful, hospitable, and safe places for our neighbors to experience the goodness of God. Politics and social media are not excluded! Our words and actions are to ‘extend the garden’ into all the dry and barren places. Are we helping our neighbors flourish, even if they don’t align exactly with our side?
What if we said: “Obviously, friends, heaven hasn’t ‘officially’ come. BUT! This is how people will speak, act, and post on social media when it does! Surprise!”
That would probably be our very best self.
Because God’s kingdom HAS come, and his light is pressing out into all the darkness through his people. We are a part of this new kingdom, not just in church on Sunday, but in all the ‘secular’ spaces we inhabit during the week.
The people of God are called to establish ‘God in our midst’ everywhere we go, online or off. What would it look for us to embody ‘God in our midst’ to our neighbors this political season?
It might look like our very best selves.
Peace to you,