Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
All I hear in the news anymore is a litany of classifications: you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’re ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter,’ you’re Pro-Choice or Pro-Life, you’re liberal or conservative, you’re religious or atheist, and on and on and on…
The verse at the top of this blog shows us that with God, there are only two classifications: in Christ and not in Christ a.k.a. saved and unsaved. If we’re believers, shouldn’t we follow the same classification system? If someone has a political viewpoint that isn’t Biblical, the highest likelihood is they aren’t saved, and if they aren’t saved, the Holy Spirit is not within them, and if the Holy Spirit is not within them, then they will not be lead and guided according to the scriptures. Therefore, instead of arguing with these unbelievers, shouldn’t we simply pray that they get saved? Because their opinion won’t change unless they see the world with the lens of the Spirit instead of the lens of the flesh.
For any Christian readers, I want to share with you what the Lord taught me this week. As Christians, 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to be ready to give an answer for our faith. Notice the word answer. We are not to seek out conflict or start arguments with others (Romans 1:29); instead, we are only to answer for the faith when we are asked about it or attacked for it. We are not to seek out debate.
Now, what I just said applies to non-believers. What about believers? Should we engage in political debate with fellow believers?
I’d say the answer is both yes and no. We should not debate because debate often leads to tempers flaring and anger. The Bibles us to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26), but unless its righteous indignation burning within you, it’s all too easy to sin with that anger. However, that doesn’t mean we should not correct our brother or sister in Christ.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 4:2 that the word of God is for reproof, rebuke, and exhortation. When we have an opinion that is contrary to the Word of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ should step in and correct us with scripture that proves where we are against Biblical teaching.
Now, no one likes to be corrected. It’s not fun to be wrong, so we generally snap at the person, but we should always read the scriptures they referenced, pray, and see where God leads us. If you’re like me, the Lord generally proves the person who corrected you was right and then you have to ask God to forgive you (for the wrong viewpoint and the poor reaction) and also apologize to the person you snapped at (because the Bible tells us we are not to have ought (strife) with our brother – Matthew 5:23-24).
This may seem like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but in this wild political season, the clarification sure helped me. Praise the Lord for the daily revelations He gives us to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).