Raise your voice but be careful?
Is it just me or have you also noticed that for some reason this election feels different than many of the others? I find the endorsed attack ads are less hurtful than in previous years, but the attack words thrown around social media much more severe. People are not kind as they voice their opinions. In fact, it borders on hate. It reminds me of the times when a bully would crowd into the sandbox and throw expletives and sand at everyone (he/she was going to have their way and everyone better get on board or else). I’m all for the political process with every Canadian free to voice their opinion, but when did it become okay to insight anger and sow seeds of hate? Social media has become the platform of hate against our political leaders of all stripes. They are hammered with hateful and hurtful words. If those same words were used against any other social group in our country, all hell would break loose but for some reason, we fell it’s was okay to do it against those people who represent a political ideology that differs from ours. This is not right, nor is it Canadian. At least, I pray it doesn’t become Canadian. Yes, voice your opinion and opposition to what you are passionate about but don’t become a bully in the process. Scripture makes it clear how we as citizens of any country should conduct ourselves in the political debate: 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (ESV) “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” If we do this, I mean really do what these verses command us to do, then when we oppose a government, we would do it in a way that would uphold our integrity and honor our God. You and I now have an opportunity to walk this out, especially if the party you vote for is not elected. Begin to pray for them, not selfish prayers made in an attempt to get your way but sincere heartfelt prayers that lift them up to our Lord, calling upon God to intervene on their behalf. Yes, this flows sideways to what is being portrayed in the media and to what has become the social norm but do it none-the-less. When we do, our opposition to political agendas, policies or programs will become far more civil and respectful. As Christians, we have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the Word, to honor God with our lives and to reach a world in desperate need of a Saviour. Let’s then not allow the political process in our country to sour our voice. You have a voice, use it but in doing so, honor the integrity of the Word, respect others and act in such a way that brings glory unto God.
Pastor Scott Debrecen