I was scrolling through my social media home page today and noticed something disturbing. My post feed comes from friends only, and you know what I noticed? About 90% of all posts were political in nature. “We are against this, that, and the other thing.” “People should be listening to these people and not those,” they proclaim. “All of these people are fools.” Poking fun, mocking, ridiculing.
And, it hit me how devisive this is. Want to divide your friends? Easy: talk politics.
Please understand my position. I vote when I can. (I live overseas, and sometimes, it’s easier said than done. We’ve actually received ballots after elections.) It’s my right to have opinions—and yours. Thankfully, we still have free speech in most countries, and we can say what we think about politics. I am not against that at all.
Many years ago, my husband and I made it our own family policy not to talk publicly about politics. We live in the Basque region of Spain and knew that to speak out would not help us reach people for the Lord—which is the reason we’re here. So, we made it a practice—fine if you do otherwise—not to express our opinions on Basque politics, Spain’s, or America’s. It’s proven to be one of the wisest decisions of our lives, especially in the ministry.
What grieved me today? Seeing so much about politics and so little about the gospel.
The Apostle Paul was arguably the first traveling foreign missionary. He traveled from Israel to Turkey, covering most of the northern Mediterranean area back in 47-64 A.D. Paul preached the gospel everywhere and to every people group he could. He used their own cultures as illustrations, but his message was always the same.
Paul said to the Corinthian church in Greece, Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, emphasis mine).
What’s the gospel? Three parts:
- The death of Jesus on the cross for MY sins
- Jesus’ burial
- The fact of His resurrection
What does it have the power to do?
Politics are important in every nation. It is vital that Christians stand for right, biblical values, morality, freedom, and that they support the good guys and reject the bad guys. (That may look different from country to country. I remember the former pastor of a church here in Spain voicing that quandary. Did he want to vote for the party that would give him more religious freedom or the one that was more in line with the Bible?) Each Christian needs to know the issues, examine the candidates, pray, come to a conclusion, and go and vote.
But, more important—eternally so—is the gospel of Jesus Christ, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11).
Jesus said, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). His whole purpose is to save.
Every sinner. That’s everyone on the earth. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Who can save?
He said, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-18).
Have you believed in Him? Jesus wants to save you.
If you already know Jesus, are you sharing the gospel? Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). The world today needs our light.
God bless you.