Historically Christian protesting and boycotts have only fuelled the arguments that probably would have gone away long ago. Christianity has become famous for what we stand against, and we have lost authority in what we stand for. God teaches us how to take over cities by going low and washing feet. Pilot entered Jerusalem on a war horse and chariot. Jesus entered meek and lowly riding on a donkey.
Over 50 years ago, my dad, Chuck Colson, gave his life to Christ. There was no sense of what the future would bring. No clear path forward. Sound familiar? 50 years ago it was Watergate. Today the challenges are even greater. But I have something now – I can look back knowing God had a glorious plan in the midst of the mess of Watergate. And even when I can’t see it, I know He has a glorious plan in the midst of the mess today. God is at work. He is not asleep at the job. The only question is…what are we doing? What do we do when we are at the end, when we “despair even of life” as the apostle Paul said. Do we run from Him? Or do we run to Him? I’m not sure there is any other choice. This world is broken – the evidence is mounting. God had a rescue plan. He sent His son Jesus right into this mess. Right into hate and division and sickness and suffering. Right into scandals and politics and Watergate. To bring us hope. To bring us to Himself. To be the Way forward. I can run to someone who loves me that much.
Nominal Christians often are shaped by a conservative worldview, but they may not express those opinions in Christ-honoring ways. For example, Christians can and should debate political issues. As one of many possible applications, we can debate levels of immigration, how to best address border security, and how to deal with undocumented immigrants who live in our country. But when we speak of immigrants in disparaging and unchristian ways, or when we spew vitriol toward people made in the image of God because they hold opposing views, we sound more like talk-radio commentators than people with a gospel-shaped worldview.
It is most unfortunate that when the split between liberal and conservative believers took place in the last century, the liberals kept the social agenda and the conservatives kept the Scriptures, generally speaking. This resulted in one stream speaking up for social justice, without an accompanying emphasis on a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and the other stream being very Bible centred, particularly when it comes to the point of being born again, yet being dismissive of the social aspects of the Gospel for fear of the so-called social gospel. These two streams ended up opposing rather than complementing each other.
The problem right now is all the judgment….from the right and from the left. It’s fine to express opinions and disagree, but labeling other people as evil or meaningless is awful. It’s so damaging. It’s hard to repair a breach when someone on the other side is using dynamite.
Don’t get caught up in pointless social media debates and arguments with those who prove themselves to be irrational or who have obviously not done their own homework. You do yourself a great disservice and you do nothing to convince those who refuse to listen to a rational response. Step away and don’t get sucked into their vortex of dysfunction.