What I Read Today;
1 Timothy 2; John 7; Isaiah 42; Psalm 75; Deuteronomy 13-14
It’s official! We are heading into the silly season once again. Eight months to election 2020. Politicians are taking the gloves off. Ads have been running for weeks leading up to state primaries. The claws are officially out.
When I was growing up, we’d argue about politics around the kitchen table.
Today, we argue over Twitter and Facebook.
Our society has become so divided that if your candidate loses the election, you will spend the next four years deriding the person who won the election. Every proposal made by the opposing party is now labeled dead on arrival. It’s now become about one-upmanship rather than doing what is needed for the country.
Making matters worse, people now can spew venom online in a way they never could before. The things that people say are so hate-filled that I won’t repeat them. We don’t just dislike someone because of their politics, we hate them. Motives are questioned on every decision. No one gets the benefit of the doubt anymore.
That is not how God wants us to act!
1 Timothy 2:1-4 tells us what God expects us to do.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” NRSV
In Other words, rather than tearing down our leaders in an anonymous post, we should be praying for them. Instead of questioning the motives of people we disagree with, we should be praying for them.
How about we set a goal to spend more time praying and less time posting during the coming, silly season? I bet we’d all enjoy it more!