What is everyone yelling about?
2 Tim 2:23; “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.”
In the heat of all the political controversy overflowing into everyones lives, I thought this would be a great time to not talk about the issues. What…? Yea, I said it, “let’s not talk about the issues.” But, but, but I thought it’s important to discuss the issues…No, let’s talk about how to respond to issues rather than talk about them. Talking about the issues fuels their power and mental dominance. Learning how to biblically respond to issues positions you to have actual impact rather than busy gums full of opinions or anxious digits behind a keyboard.
In Acts 19 we come across a verse that is extremely relative to what we are facing in todays social culture; “Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together.” (Acts 19:32 NKJV). That scripture gives a picture perfect definition of every social media platform. Do you realize how many times believers fall victim to this. A controversial topic hits the media airwaves and the first thing people want to do is give a rebuttal. First of all, God calls His word a double edged sword. (Heb 4:12) We are created in His image (Gen 1:26) which would make our words fine tuned weapons as well. If you throw words out there the second there’s a controversy people are going to get hurt. Obviously, being a believer there are Godly principles that we stand on that are non-negotiable and will offend others by default. But, all of those principles are founded on the Love of God. Always remember whatever controversy is hot on the press, no matter what issues are at hand, it’s just the surface of the deeper problem, and that is the absence of God and the embracing of prideful agendas.
Jesus gives us a great example of what to do when controversial discussions arise. In John 8, Jesus was in the middle of teaching and some scribes and pharisees (religious & political figures) came to challenge Him on what He was teaching. How many people like being interrupted?… Furthermore by people who want to prove you wrong? They attempted to back Him into a moral/intellectual corner with their questioning. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt that the world was forcing you to answer a question their way, so that you would be left looking immoral or wrong for what you believe in? Jesus shows us a way out in this story, He shows us how to come out on top. When He was backed into this corner of controversy, He doesn’t immediately respond. He kneels down and begins to right in the sand. James 1:19 NLT; “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” My personal belief is that Jesus may have had heated emotions running high by getting abrasively interrupted and challenged in front of peers with someones life at risk of being stoned to death(the woman caught in act of adultery). Jesus knelt down to hear from the Father on how to respond to the controversy. When Jesus finally answered them, He didn’t give a lengthy speech or a well researched debate rebuttal. It only took one sentence to silence all the controversy! All you need is one word from Heaven, not a 1,000 word opinion rant on Facebook. Just because you back your responses with scripture doesn’t mean God backs your response. Jesus only spoke when He heard the Father speak; “I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49 NKJV). Don’t find scripture to support your views, find God’s views through the scriptures and adopt them as your own.
*Next time you feel a deep need to respond to a controversial topic, make sure you are slow to speak and quick to hear from God on what you are to do and say. We as believers are given unlimited resources from Heaven not debate and argue with the world but rather bring solutions and the eternal hope of Jesus Christ to every dark situation. The world needs to hear the word God has given you, the world doesn’t need your personal opinion. Make a difference with the Gospel. “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35). Your love will prove your faith not your ranting of views.