Why I Don’t Share Posts about Politics, Race Relations, or LGBT Issues

My twitterverse and Facebook nation and blogosphere have lost their minds recently over breaking news related to politics, race relations and LGBT sexuality.  I have been bombarded by fierce arguments from both sides of each issue.  There is rampant vitriol, dogmatism and even hatred in these posts.  While I’m sure these posts generate a flood of clicks, comments, favorites and shares, I’m not taking that bait.  Is it because I’m not secure in my beliefs?  Is it because I’m afraid to offend?  Is it because I’m afraid of attacks?  No.  It’s because it closes doors to the gospel, my number one priority in life.

God has given me a large ministry platform by joining my life to that of my husband, a pastor of a large church.  I have cultivated an online platform for myself as a way to share my life as well as share the Life of Christ with my sphere of influence.  But I don’t want my public posts to interfere with my ability to engage with people of all walks of life, world views, and philosophies.

There have been times when I really wanted to speak out on a subject.  But I stepped back knowing that my first responsibility and calling are to being an ambassador for Christ not a particular party or ideology.  You see, if I were to use this platform for those things I would gather support from people who believe like me, but scorn and separation from those who do not.  If I am going to alienate someone or cause them offense, I want it to be over the scandal of the gospel of grace…nothing else.

I teach and will continue to teach God’s word both in my speaking and my posts.  I am not ashamed of Truth.  Where the Bible says something is wrong it’s always wrong.  Where the Bible says something’s right, it’s always right.  But where the Bible is silent or leaves a matter to individual discretion I act according to my God-give conscience, and allow others to do the same.  But in attacking an issue via the internet where anyone with google can read and possibly write me (or other Christians) off, I try to focus on the larger themes of Salvation, Sanctification, Morality and Love.  This is just my personal choice.   I try to craft my online body of work so that when I meet someone face to face, we are free to begin a relationship on neutral ground.  I find that such complex subjects like sexuality, race, and politics are better when discussed through the grid of relationship not debated in 140 characters via twitter.  This leaves the door to their hearts open to what I have to say about the gospel.  And hence, the voice of God over mine.

My thoughts on this subject tend to run to the Word and how it records the platform and work of Jesus and the apostles.  They lived in times of race hostility, political polarization, injustice and oppression, sexual depravity, economic turmoil, and war.  Yet, they spoke not of particular pet platforms, but of the centrality of the gospel and man’s need of it.  When they did name names and specific sins it was toward the church and her leaders.  They could have railed against the Roman occupation, they could have joined those speaking out at the Samaritans or the Ethiopians, They could have fumed over the blatant sexual depravity of temple prostitution and slavery.  But instead they spoke about God’s perfect design for marriage and sexual identity but they did not use shame or disgust.  They submitted to all authorities unless told they could not preach Christ.  They were friends of sinners.  They interacted with everyone big and small, conservative and liberal, holy and wayward.  They encouraged the masses but did not shirk from confronting individuals personally with truth in love.  (woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Zacchaeus, etc…)  They were meek.  Willing to lose an argument in order to win the soul.

Were they cowards?  Did they pander to the crowds?  No.  They were all martyred except for John who was exiled to an island.  Jesus was crucified.  You see, the exclusivity of the gospel is divisive enough.  Divisive enough to get you killed.  So why waste your influence picking on a particular party or sin or injustice?  Jesus drew the crowds with love, service, and the meeting of needs.  He kept them coming with amazing displays of His power to change lives for the better.  And when He needed to address individual sin, He did it in person, through relationship.  When He needed to address cultural sin, He started with the religious.  He let the work of the gospel transformation change the culture.  That’s what we need more of, more posts about the power of the gospel, more posts about Christians living the gospel.  More Christians building bridges to a lost culture and lost world not erecting fortresses to keep it out.  Instead of posting about racism, we need to make a friend who is a different color than us.  Instead of posting about “Gays”, we need to make a friend who has a name not just a category of sin.  Instead of posting about politics and criticizing our government we need to be praying and voting and living with service and integrity.  What if we limited our snarky posts to the number of times we shared the gospel one on one with someone that week or invited someone far from God to church or to dinner?  I’m grateful for leaders who are able to speak to the church and our culture from a Biblical perspective on a world-wide stage from a heart of love and a mind of intellect.  I’m not one of those people.  I’m just a lady with church in a city that needs the Light.

            “For I decided to know nothing while I was with you except               Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  I Corinthians 2:2