I wrote this in response to all the hostility I see on social media. Civil discourse has lost its civility, especially among Christians. We no longer politely discuss the issues, granting room for different opinions. Now people attack any person who holds another view. I wish to remind Christians that how we treat others is how we treat Jesus. The world is watching our behavior so we tarnish the name of Jesus whenever we do not love one another.
I don’t care what your political views are. Please stop verbally abusing those who hold a different view. You think God is on your side, and you’re right. Would it surprise you to know God is on *their* side, too? Both sides can be right in some ways.
God loves everyone, regardless of their political views, skin color, sexual orientation, sinful behavior, self-righteous legalism, and a host of other things. It doesn’t matter. God loves people, without exception.
By extension, that means God loves people on both sides of the political fence. “They” are not your enemies. Stop acting as if they were a threat to your personhood and start loving them with God’s love. Okay, so maybe at first you feel no love for them. Fine. Just say, “Lord, please let your love for this person flow through me. Let me be the bringer of love to this person or in this situation.” God will work through you in spite of yourself if you are willing to let Him love others through you.
You don’t have to agree with everyone and they don’t have to agree with you. But the hateful words, lies, inflammatory remarks, and dissention is ungodly. We are the embodiment of Christ to others. When people see us, they should see Christ. Instead, they see a bunch of angry, hateful, intolerant, narrow-minded mud-slingers out to one-up the other side. Christians on both sides are doing the same.
There is no other side, okay.
We are one.
As Christians, we are one.
As Americans, we are one.
Stop creating division and start accepting and loving other people. There’s a huge difference between discussing issues and attacking people. The attacks must stop.
Why do you feel so threatened by a different view that you have to attack someone? There is no reason to feel threatened because God is on the throne and He rules the nations. He brings one leader to power and defeats another. Did you know God already knows who our next president will be? So relax, already. It’s under control. God knows what He’s doing and our angry words won’t make a difference. Hate speech and inflammatory remarks won’t change any person’s mind about the issues. All it does is tarnish the name of Jesus. Is that what you want?
We can learn to put up with one another. In the name of Christ, we must.
Didn’t you learn in kindergarten that Patrick has orange earwax that is gross, but you still have to treat him like anyone else? Just because someone is different from you—skin color, political views, whatever—doesn’t mean we can’t treat each person with love and respect.
Didn’t you learn John 3:16 in Sunday School? “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God loves everyone. EVERYONE! Christ died for everyone!
Have you not read John 3:17, the very next verse? “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” The only people God will judge are those who reject Him. Even so, God doesn’t want to condemn anyone. The Bible says, “our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved” (2 Peter 3:15). He is delaying judgment day for the very purpose of giving people time to respond to Him.
Didn’t your church teach you “God is love” (1 John 4:16)? Didn’t you learn that nothing can separate you from Christ’s love (Romans 8:35)? God is not hateful and angry, as some Christians would have people believe. God is not waiting to judge us the first wrong we commit. He loves us.
It’s called the Gospel. Good News. Grace.
We seem to have forgotten all about grace. If we truly understood God’s grace toward us, we would extend much more grace toward others.
Let’s set aside our differences and see Jesus in each person we interact with, especially on social media. Do you remember what Jesus said about the people who responded kindly to others? He said, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (Matthew 25:40). How we treat people is how we treat Jesus. Start looking for the image of God in each person. No matter our differences, we all have that in common. Each human being is made in the image of God. And that’s exactly why we shouldn’t criticize, condemn, and berate other people.
Jesus wouldn’t want us to fight this way.
- Jesus taught us to forgive.
- Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek.
- Jesus taught us to love our enemies.
- Jesus taught us to pray for those who hurt us.
- Jesus taught us to go the extra mile.
- Jesus taught us to give to anyone who asks.
Jesus taught us to do better than what I see going on among Christians. For the sake of the name of Christ and the reputation of Christians among unbelievers, we must learn to love like Jesus.
Love like Jesus.
I pray we will all learn to love like Jesus, letting His love flow through us to others, without conditions or exceptions.
In Christ’s love,