So, you’ve probably heard that the U.S. government is in shutdown-mode. (If you’re confused about it, you can learn about the hot mess express here.) And chances are, you’ve probably read a gazillion Facebook statuses and tweets about it. And they’re all so respectful and considerate and pointing to the cross, right?
So here’s what I’m thinking about today: How do we let the Kingdom encompass all areas of our lives — including where politics and social media intersect? How do we let the message of reconciliation and renewal flow out of our lives — even our online ones? I don’t really care whether you consider yourself a conservative or a liberal. What I do care about is that if you claim Jesus, that you’re reflecting Jesus in your words + actions.
12 Kingdom questions to ask before engaging politics on social media:
- How will what I’m saying reflect the Kingdom of God?
- Will someone who doesn’t know Jesus be brought closer or further from the Kingdom after reading what I’m going to say?
- Is what I’m saying rooted in love? (Because otherwise I’m just a resounding gong or clanging symbol.)
- Am I being patient — or am I writing a gut reaction? (Because love is patient.)
- Am I being kind? Will others see kindness in what I’m posting? (Because maybe what I deem kind will be hurtful or damaging to others. And love is kind.)
- Am I boasting? Am I being proud in my opinions? (Because love doesn’t boast, it’s not proud, and it’s not envious, either.)
- Is what I’m saying going to dishonor others? (Even if those others are people I disagree with? Because love doesn’t dishonor others or God.)
- Am I being easily angered? (Look beyond “But — I’m right! You’re wrong.” Love isn’t easily angered.)
- What is the purpose for posting? Is it self serving? (Hint: I’m probably not going to change anyone’s thinking by sharing a post from Fox News or MSNBC…so I’m probably posting it for the wrong reasons. Kingdom love is the opposite of self serving. )
- Is what I’m posting keeping a record of other people’s wrongs? Why am I so quick to track the sins of what I deem terrible? (It’s not my job to keep a track record of what I consider other people’s failures. Real love keeps no record of wrongs.)
- Am I enjoying fighting with people? Am I getting a rush out of pushing buttons or declaring my rightness or ragging on the opposing political party? (Love doesn’t delight in evil.)
- Does what I’m writing reflect God’s truth — or my truth? Am I creating my little kingdom views on the Kingdom of God, or vice versa?
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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