I wasn’t going to write anything about the current political happenings because EVERYONE is writing about them. But then I started thinking, what would I say to my kids about this whole debate, if they were old enough to ask? So here it is:
1. Our focus as Christians should be to love God and love our neighbor. Everyone deserves love because everyone was created by God. We should love others because that is one way we show our love for God.
2. Our standards should be based on the Bible. What did God say about it? That’s what we should stick to.
3. We should stand up for what we believe in a respectful way. Season our words with grace and love, always letting our actions and character be a reflection of who God is, and always remembering what we ourselves were without the Lord’s grace.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6 ESV)
I think of the culture Jesus left the disciples in, and I remember that there have always been culture wars, there have always been schisms, there have always been disputes about what is moral and what is acceptable. And God has always continued to operate by His same standards. That’s why it’s important to know what those standards are and to commit to pleasing God instead of man.
If my kids were old enough to understand our current cultural and political climate, I would continue to simply teach them the Bible. To hold the Bible as our standard of truth and pursue it, to love God and love others, and to season our words with grace, truth, and love. It sounds too simple. But when it comes down to it, we weren’t called to uproar. We are called to personally be right with God and to be a light of who He is and what He has done for us.