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If There Was Ever a Time for a Christian to be Christlike…
June 27, 2013Posted by on
This week hasn’t been hurting for news, exactly. Twinkies are coming back. We’ve had filibusters in Texas and handfuls of acronyms being tossed around: DC, SCOTUS, DOMA, etc. It’s been a joyous series of days for some. A tragedy for others. Twitter burned bright for a while, but I’ve been surprised at how little traffic I’ve seen, from either side, on the issues. On the one hand, I think it’s pretty good as I know many people who are passionate on both sides of these issues. On the other hand, I am a bit worried that some might be taking their ball and going home. Or maybe they are gearing up for a social media firestorm at a later date. At some point growing up, I was taught that intelligent people could disagree. But, watching the tenor of most debates there are many people in the “You’re on my side or you’re an idiot” camp.In any case, I’ve got some helpful advice for Christians on both sides of the issues. Like The Princess Bride, it’s timeless, so feel free to bookmark it, print it and save for the next time you win or lose something.
To Christians who feel like they’ve won:
It’s fine to be happy, but don’t gloat. Please don’t be that guy (or girl). Having a court vote the way you think doesn’t make you right. It doesn’t make you wrong either, but history is full of courts deciding all manner of things. Like my belly, arrogance is unbecoming. I pretend it’s not there in public, but it ticks me off when I’m by myself.
Peter Pan didn’t kick Rufio out of the Lost Boys, or diminish his role after Coconut-gate. He sought reconciliation. They both were front and center, united, when it all went down. If that’s not good enough, take a page from my man Nelson Mandela, one of the finest humans this world has ever produced. He was in jail for 27 years, got out, and became President. He could’ve stuck it to anyone associated with apartheid and no one would have blamed him. But he united the country so it could move forward.
To Christians who feel like they’ve lost:
It’s okay to be disappointed, but don’t play the America is going to Hell card. Don’t play passive-aggressive games of who believes the Bible and who doesn’t. If you’re planning a “Hit Em Up” style battle rap, put the mic down. It’s okay to remove the “Don’t blame me, I voted for _______” bumper stickers from your Amazon cart.
I’ve never heard the testimony of someone who came to Christ because the Christians they saw acted outraged and indignant all the time. They will know we are Christians by our mope (by our mope). If you feel like Christianity will be undone by the decisions of a handful of people, there’s a chance your faith might be misplaced.
I know there is a metric ton of emotion swirling around these debates and that scads of people are heavily invested in the outcomes of these decisions. Regardless of how you feel, it’s important to remember that non-believers are watching. Our role is to pull people towards Christ, not our personal point of view. If we are to be a united body of Christ, we must fight to remain exactly that, even when it’s uncomfortable. It does not mean that we have to agree or that we can’t continue to have debates on the topic. It means we recognize the larger goal of the Great Commission, and we aren’t willing to subvert that because we did/didn’t get our way. If there is ever a time to be Christlike, it’s in the midst of controversy. People will base their judgment of Christ and their belief in God on the things you tweet, share, and like. My hope is that we’re all setting a good example. I’m gonna drop the mic here with one of my favorite quotes:
“Here we enter a fellowship; sometimes we will agree to differ; always we will resolve to love, and unite to serve.”
- E. Stanley Jones
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