Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. [Titus 2:9-10 ESV]
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. [Romans 12:16-18 ESV]
The question has been asked many times, many ways…why don’t you tell others about Jesus? The answers seem to be similar every time…fear of rejection, fear of offending someone, fear of being laughed at, not having enough knowledge, and nobody is going to listen to me.
Yet, all across Facebook, Twitter, comment sections on news sites…and I’m sure other social media that I don’t see…along with conversations I’ve overheard…people who proclaim to be Christians don’t seem to have any of those fears in letting their political stances be known. Even though we see people getting offended, others laughing, some people rejecting them, by the tone of some of the postings – can’t say they have much knowledge on the topic at hand…and there aren’t many listening (seem to be just yelling back).
That type of stuff has started to get to me. I’m not here to argue ideology – mostly just asking why we put so much energy and effort into stating our politics while neglecting a real sharing of the gospel. There are times it seems Christians would rather insult their mission field, instead of carrying out the Great Commission. I’ve seen it at the local level all the way up to some who have a national/international voice.
The verses at the start of this (Titus 2) talk about how we’re to be adorning the doctrine of God our Savior. The word there for adorn means – to make beautiful or show the beauty of – yet many of our actions don’t show much beauty. Neither do they come in line with the Romans verses listed – “so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” The attacks, belittling, half-truths, memes, hashtags and everything else I’ve seen – especially the last few months – have a bitter, biting, mean-spirited tone.
Sometimes I see a verse or a mention of God thrown in, but it seems to be “faith frosting”. A bunch of crud covered in a layer of sugary sweetness to make it more palatable…at least to send out there. I have wondered from time to time if it’s to help the person posting feel more ‘holy’ when they cover a political attack with a portion of scripture.
Our allegiance first and foremost should be to a King and His Kingdom…yet I see us throwing that aside for lesser things. To paraphrase a line from Hank Hanegraff – We need to be willing to do for the Truth, what we’re willing to do for politics.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” [Romans 10:14-15 ESV]
*Hank Hanegraff – Bible Answer Man program – “be willing to do for the Truth, what others are doing for a lie.” (it’s been over 25 years since I listened to the program, but that line has stuck with me)