Often times, I have this strong fleshly desire to post on Facebook or Twitter regarding personal feelings that I have toward social and political issues, especially in the current climate as we gear up for the 2016 Presidential election. Everything from political speeches, to what is and isn’t politically correct anymore, I want so badly to jump in with my opinions and remarks, hoping to sting those that I don’t like or disagree with. Where is my platform to tell everyone how I feel? Is it Facebook, Twitter, or Wednesday nights to a bunch of teenagers who are more concerned with Instagram likes than Donald Trump’s misquote of 2nd Corinthians? I don’t know that it’s any of these…
Our culture has become inundated with heavily opinionated broadcasters abusing the character of people and, in someway, trying to promote their own agendas. Christians are so desperate to have a voice that often times we post feelings and emotions, disregarding and forgetting the effect that the Gospel ought to have in our lives. We respond to people and issues the opposite way that the Gospel has responded to us.
And how should we respond? The greatest answer that I can ever give is to look at Jesus. I challenge you to read the book of Luke. In this book, we see that there are moments where Jesus responded with love and truth, moments that he responded with grace, moments where he responded with a righteous anger, and moments where he said nothing, withdrew and prayed! In every way Jesus stayed absolute to himself. May you read this Gospel this month with me and see that Jesus is your filter, your lens!
What we say carries weight in our culture, even among those who have no regard for the Gospel. I believe in some small way we saw this play out when certain media outlets begin broadcasting Planned Parenthood footage. Many began to see how disturbing sin truly is, even those who don’t believe. There’s a way to respond that keeps the Gospel centered in our life and we see Jesus do this perfectly. But there are also times to be silent, to withdraw and pray. I pray we have the wisdom to know when is the appropriate response.