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Should Christians make political posts or engage in discussions about government? Yes and no.
There are two reasons why Christians may not want to engage in political discussions. The first reason may be for lack of knowledge. Certain Christians may be ignorant about what the Bible teaches about the purpose of Government. Another reason why Christians may abstain from discussing political issues is a tactical reason. Perhaps certain Christians lack discretion or situational awareness and therefore the discussion would be unprofitable. The sad reality is most people seem unable to engage in respectful dialogue with a healthy exchange of ideas. Personally, I’ve had former students in my ministry, members of my congregation, and friends disenfranchise me because of my political position without reaching out to discuss things. I try to align my political positions as closely to the Bible as possible. If I am in error, it is unloving to leave me in error. If I am correct, it is prideful to remain in error. Either way, the Bible is very clear about working out your differences with those living in sin, in error, or with those that have sin against you (Matt. 18; 1 Cor. 5:9ff; Gal. 6:1-2; Eph. 4:3).
It is foolish to assert that silence equals violence. In fact, the Bible encourages Christians to be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19) and to refrain from talking is a wise decision (Prv. 10:19; 17:27). Many immature Christians will be held accountable for the words that they speak (Mtt. 12:36) when they call fellow Christians “Nazis” and “racists” and “traitors.” These kinds of statements are usually passive aggressive social media posts because they lack the love and conviction to say it in person. They are unloving cowards walking in disobedience. If they are not careful, this disobedience may soon lead to the sin of disbelief. I believe we should err on the side of caution and speak the right words at the right time.
On the other hand, yes, Christians should engage in political discussions. To assert that Christians should not engage in political discussion is to undermine two important truths:
However, there are other times He would educate His audience and demonstrate for His disciples how to interact with governing authorities in a righteous manner (Mk. 12:17). Furthermore, Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God, a true monarchy in the political context. Christian are Kings and Queens reigning over the Earth (Rev. 1:9). There are many posts that assert Jesus remained neutral in political discussions or always withdrew himself from political discussion. This is simply false. His refusal to be a worldly king and usher in the Jew’s false understanding of the Messianic Kingdom was not a refusal to discuss political issues.
The Apostles, speaking as authoritative spokesmen on behalf of Jesus, often dealt with how Christians should conduct themselves in relation to governing authorities. Importantly, many of the New Testament Epistles themselves are political discussions. How should Christians treat governing authorities? (Rom. 13; 1 Tim. 2:2l; 1 Pt. 2:13) Should Christians ever disobey governing authorities? (Acts 5:29). Paul and Peter often had conflicts with their rulers and Caesar himself (Acts 19:21; 23:11). Government officials became Christians (Acts 10:40ff; Philippians 4:22). These are just a few examples.
The end goal of political discourse is not silence, slander, nor self-assertive stubbornness. We as Christians should reject the idea that “silence equals violence” while at the same time possess the situational awareness and biblical knowledge to engage in discussions with wisdom. However, the sad reality is that many Christians and non-Christians act like fools. It may be wise or unwise to engage them in controversial discussion (Prv. 26:4). It depends on the person and the situation. When you see people, perhaps Christians, making political posts about not making political posts, it is in fact a political post. Publicly vying for Christians or Church leaders to stay out of politics is in fact a political position, "My political position is we shouldn't have political positions or make political posts." This is a self-contradictory statement.
When discussing political issues that impact the Church, the goal is civil discourse while remaining friends/friendly with each other. The goal is not silence. There may be a conflict in values or a disagreement about the interpretation and application of Scripture. The purpose of civil discourse is to hear and understand the other person's point of view and ultimately to get at truth. If I choose to stay silent on social media about issues of social injustice or racial issues, that doesn’t make me a faithless Christian. I may choose to responsibly speak out about political issues concerning precepts or principles in the Bible. This doesn't make me a faithless or controversial Christian.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know.
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