I don’t care to get involved in political discussions. I also don’t care to get involved in those discussions with fellow Christians where they’re trying to rally one another for a cause. (Those Muslims are trying to take over our country and we have to do something!) There aren’t many conversations of a serious nature that I care to get involved in at all, frankly. I’d be much more likely to have a discussion about the minor characters of the Star Wars universe. Understanding that can also become a heated topic.
I have a pretty deep-seeded faith. I’d discuss that if you wanted to. Honestly, it might bore you… I’ve spent the last year analyzing the finer points of my own doctrine.
But then there are these other conversations. These conversations that make Christians look like fiery nutjobs who hate five times as much as they love, and that… that’s a conversation I just never want to be involved in.
Like the Target bathroom thing. So many people are angry about it. You’re taking to social media and you’re shouting about the sexual predators who are lurking behind those doors, as if pedophiles have just been waiting for access to the bathroom so they could take your kids away from you.
Like the rebel flag. I live in Southwest Virginia, and just about every day I head home, I see some guy flying a bedsheet-sized flag off a piece of galvanized pipe in the bed of his truck. I know this conversation was hot back when the church in Charleston got terrorized, but it seems to be a topic that hasn’t gone away.
And then there’s Christians in politics. Endorsing candidates. Trying to help their people adopt a ‘Christian stance’ on who they vote for.
I know you have the right, I know everyone can express their opinion in this country. Is it worth it, though?
Is it worth it to tell transgendered people, a group that probably wouldn’t feel comfortable walking into most churches, that they can’t go into a stall and pee? Could it be that our inability to tell them that we love them could get some remedy if we could just… let them pee?
Is it worth it to preserve the heritage of your family if it uses a symbol that many people consider divisive? I know not everyone who flies a rebel flag is a Christian, but I also know that many of them claim to be. Seriously, brother… do you want to build a bridge between yourself and someone of a race who was brutally victimized by that whole part of our history? Could you maybe just let the flag thing go in the the name of showing grace to others?
We’re just holding on to the wrong things. Things that don’t matter at all. “Love your neighbor” is the opposite of these things. Instead of looking for ways to serve and love others, we serve more to ourselves and leave love far behind.
Are any of them worth it? Or could we somehow realize that God puts people around us every day, all of whom he loves, who have infinite worth? That those people need our love far more than we need a flag or a feeling of rightness?