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Social Media, Politics and Christians

Guess what? We all have different views on issues! There, I said it. Everyone understands, problem solved. Right? Wrong! Currently, our country is the most politically divided that I have seen in my lifetime . For this division, we can blame multiple sources. Everything from 24 hour news that needs content to the constant that is social media. We are the most connected we have ever been, yet the most divided.

(Anti) social media has become a platform for many to share their political views. And as an American, this is certainly a right we are afforded. However, we as believers in Christ must be more aware of our posts and our readers. If we don't, we will succeed in damaging the cause of Christ.

Many times folks go to their social media platform of choice and throw out  what I call a "hand grenade". That is a post, picture or comment intended to promote their political view. These "'hand grenades" do what they're supposed to do. They explode and leave shrapnel all over social media. Unfortunately, they also blow up any chance of ministering to some.

Now, I hear some of you saying, "I just do that to help others see the error of their ways". Hogwash! I have yet to meet anyone who said they changed a political position based on someone arguing with them on social media. It just doesn't happen. If anything, it tends to make people even more firmly rooted in their opinions. We do it because it makes us feel superior to prove our point without the ramifications of face to face rebuttal.

For Christians, this has become even more troubling. As you know the Enemy seeks to divide God's church in any way possible. Don't miss this believers; one of the most powerful weapons he has today is social media. What better way to bring down the body than social media arguments? Here's a scenario: A believer posts a political "hand grenade". Another believer with differing views posts a reply. The banter goes back and forth until both are angry. Then, everyone who follows these people sees the body of Christ divided. They show up at church and can't even look each other in the eye because they are either mad or embarrassed. Even worse, one or both never come to church again!

Guess what? It is possible to pass up a post you don't agree with and not comment! While it may be painful, it is possible. It's also REALY easy to hide behind a keyboard and post something. It's difficult to sit down with a fellow believer and have a conversation about our differences.

Here are some thoughts from scripture. And yes, I know social media was not created when scripture was written, but the principals apply.

"As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions." -Rom. 14:1

When we post something, we don't know who will be reading it. Perhaps someone weaker  in the faith will see it and reply. Then we reply back and stifle the growth of a new believer. Is affecting someone's spiritual growth worth a 2 second social media post?

"If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Rom. 12:18

No commentary needed!

"Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat again, lest I make my brother stumble."  1 Cor. 8:12-13

Here Paul is saying he would rather give up meat than make his brother stumble in the faith. Did you read that? NO BACON! That is devotion! Seriously, if we are to encourage others to grow in the faith we must be willing to forego some of our "rights".

I understand that you have studied up and know all the reasons the _____________ party is the most biblical. I also understand that you may have the desire to "correct and reproof". If you sincerely feel God leading you to share this with a person, please don't let me hinder you. Just do it over coffee or at their home, not on social media.  Matthew 18:15 reads, "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother." Social media is certainly not "between you and him alone". We have to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow him to guide us in every facet of life. Other Christians are NOT THE ENEMY! If we treat them as such, we are doing more damage to the Body of Christ than the world ever could.

Please don't hear me saying that Christians shouldn't be involved in politics. I absolutely think we should! We should vote and promote biblical ideologies through the candidate we support. However, when it comes to politics and social media we must be careful how we post and react.

I can hear some of you saying, "But Ronnie, this is a worship website, why are you posting about something other than worship?" Because, the truth is, everything we as Christians do IS worship. Our daily lives reflect who and how we worship.

Abraham Lincoln stated, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While I agree whole heartedly with this quote and its application to America, I believe it can apply to the church as well. The church has weathered many years of storms from the outside. However, if we ever fall it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Is one social media post worth it?

These are my thoughts, what are yours?
Ronnie