I am a recovering news addict. In times past, political news was one of my chief interests. However, I have left that life behind me and it has made me much happier and calmer. I needed it for my emotional, spiritual and physical health.
God has promised us peace in Christ and all Christians should pursue it:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:6-8, NKJV).
Politics will divide friends, family and foment anger.
In terms of political posts and discussions on Facebook, we must step back and ask the following questions:
- Does it benefit our Christian walk?
- Does it glorify Christ?
- Does it enhance our Christian influence?
- Does it destroy opportunities to share the gospel?
- Does it put a good face on the gospel?
It is not a sin for Christians to be politically active. We need more godly politicians who will keep their light shining (Matthew 5:16).
Moreover, there are very real moral issues and a Biblical alternative needs to be delivered to the world. But can’t we separate those issues from their political roots?
We can talk about abortion, homosexuality, sexual immorality, abuse of the poor, stewardship, etc. without talking about a political party. As we discuss these things, we must always do so in love. We must be very careful about showing meanness and hatred to the world.
As a preacher, my opinions will probably be seen as a doctrinal position. Whether that is fair or not , is immaterial. What people think is real is real when it changes their perception of us and the gospel. We represent Christ to people we meet online and in person.
We do not know what associations our political party will bring to people’s minds.
When we tie a fleshly thing to a spiritual thing, we have created a monster that God does not recognize.
The question is whether the public will understand when we share the gospel one day and a political speech the next.
Scott Dickson discusses the dangers of political discussion on Facebook from a business standpoint. He is afraid to lose clients because of what he says in a public forum.
As Christians, souls are vastly more important than clients. Should we not consider whether we are running them away? Do we expect people to accept our political beliefs before they can become a Christian? No? Does our audience know that?
Dickson writes about Facebook not being the right venue for political discussions:
If you’re bound and determined to spend time arguing over political issues online, go to a political blog or a news site and do so. Don’t ruin everyone’s experience on Facebook with your rants. You may have a specific list of friends on FB that you only share political information with, but you never know what someone else might share.
Consider all the political posts you have posted. What might have happened if all of those posts would have been directed at souls instead of votes?
Something to think about.