It’s no secret our nation is heated. People are divided on party lines, opinion lines, religious lines, and everything in between. Because of the climate, it is impossible to spend concentrated time with people and not talk about the news. Too often these end in arguments instead of constructive conversations. Talking about politics and current issues can be intimidating, but we don’t have to enter this arena ill equipped.
1. Ask that God would align your heart to care about what He cares about.
You likely have strong opinions about what is going on in our nation. Or maybe you are one of the people desperately trying not to have an opinion or voice what you do think because every one else is already yelling so loudly. The truth is, if you are a believer in Christ, God has called you to speak truth into a decaying culture. We shouldn’t be surprised by worsening events. In Daniel, scripture tells us that war will continue until the end of time. Unfortunately, we all view events through our own personal lens and sometimes struggle to be objective and seek what God has to say first. Begin praying now that God would align your heart with what He cares about – people and their eternity. Legislation won’t move and change the sinful hearts of man. Only God can do that. Ask God to show you any prejudices, opinions, or feelings that you may have that don’t align with God’s Word and may hinder you from healthy conversations.
2. Pray for ears to hear and wise words to speak truth for the sake of clarity and communicating, not arguing.
When we pray that God aligns our hearts to His, He is faithful to do so (2 Thessalonians 3:3). Then we are prepared to walk into conversations with family members, friends, and coworkers to listen and respond without arguing. Just like you, people view events through a lens of personal experience, and sometimes that personal experience is painful. Instead of fixating on the circumstance or issue, focus on the person you are speaking with, why they feel the way they do, ask questions, and seek to understand. Engage for the purpose of conversation and hopefully sharing what God has to say instead of engaging for the purpose of swaying them to your side. Jesus was in the business of caring about the individual, speaking truth, and refusing to argue. He didn’t need to. He knew the ultimate source of the issue and that the only thing that can solve the hurt and anger was a relationship with the One who provides peace in chaos (Psalm 107:9).
3. Be prepared to speak and stand firm.
The gospel is offensive (1 Corinthians 1:18). The way you communicate it doesn’t have to be (Colossians 4:6). What scripture says about certain issues is going to be foreign to many, and you may begin to feel that what you believe about God’s Word doesn’t belong. That’s normal. Scripture says we are aliens and strangers here (1 Peter 2:11) because our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Even when it feels like the world is raging against believers, we are called to stand firm and be salt and light (Matthew 5:13). Remaining confident and humble yet bold in our responses will hopefully make same take notice of the difference in you and make them want to glorify the Lord (Matthew 5:16).
Our God does not change (Hebrews 13:8). He is on His throne. In the middle of chaos, we can continue to speak truth to any who will hear until the Lord calls us home. We are to run the race, keep the faith, and continue in the call God has given us – to make Him known to a world that will experience eternity without Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
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Written by First Dallas Staff