I’ve made some great friends on Facebook and have come to love their compassion for people and their passion for God. Although I’ve never met most of these friends, I feel a kindred spirit with them.
So, it saddens me when we “fall out” due to different political views or spiritual convictions. It seems impossible that two people who genuinely love the same God can be at opposite poles politically. Or that people who share a desire to live for God can attack one another while they argue about the meaning of biblical passages.
Indeed, many of us are so sure of our beliefs that we are convinced we are reflecting the very heart of God. Actually, it is for this very reason that we are so earnest to convert others to “God’s way” of thinking. But how can God agree with all of our contradictory opinions? We can’t possibly all be right, no matter how brilliant or inspired our thoughts.
Who’s right? Who’s wrong? The only practical way to resolve this is to ask God to show us – and to show others – His ways. To reveal to us what He really thinks about each issue.
What would happen if we prayed “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths” (Psalm 25:4 AMPC)? And then prayed it for others, as well. Not with a tone of self-righteousness and pride, but one of sincerity, humility and love – truly wanting God to reveal Himself, His ways and His direction to each of us.
During this month of love, what if we were to rise above the caustic political climate (and our own different opinions) enough so that we see each other as human beings with feelings – and as good-willed people? As people God loves.
What would be the downside of praying for each other and ourselves in this way? After all, we’ve grown close by sharing, praying, laughing and crying with each other on Facebook. Let’s not throw all of that away. It must be possible for people who genuinely love God to get along, don’t you think? Perhaps, even be friends?
What about you?
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- How has your Facebook experience changed since the 2016 election cycle began taking off?
- Will you consider praying Psalm 25:4 for yourself and for your brothers and sisters in the Lord who disagree with you?
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