Polarizing issues from a Christian perspective

As time goes on the world seems to get more divided. Whether these divisions be political, social, or religious (the majority of differing opinions fall under these categories) there are a million different voices speaking to us on a daily basis and the Christian can quickly become weary from filtering through them. Although there are certain issues that come down to personal opinion, there are other issues that are undoubtedly questions of morality. As Christians we must view every issue through the lense of scripture; what would Jesus think of this? What would Jesus do? How would Jesus respond to this? These are the questions that every Christian must ponder before taking a stance on an issue. Just as God needs to have the final word when we make decisions, He also needs to have the final word when we form opinions.

For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Matthew 10:35-37

The body of Christ is to work together in unity in order to function properly and reach such a divided world during trying times.The world chooses to use their voice not to unify, but to divide. If you don’t agree with their beliefs you are labeled as an enemy. While the world is divided by things like skin color and political ideology, the gospel is really what we should allow to divide us. Either you accept the gospel or you don’t, this is the real authority that guides our lives. Any other issue, while important to us now, is insignificant in the realm of eternity. Social injustice, police brutality, violence, these are all very real issues that are plaguing our nation at the moment. However, rather than joining forces with the darkness we need to be a light. How can a Christian be set apart when we allow the world to push us into a box or when we blindly side with any cause without question? There is nothing wrong with speaking out against social injustices, in fact we should do so, but our methodology needs to be different than the world’s. When faced with polarizing issues, the church needs to stand up. We need to choose our words carefully and think through our opinions, viewing them through the lense of scripture. We are to speak life into a dead world; we are the ones who have within us the hope for all of humanity, and to hide that is the greatest injustice.

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