What do you do when you have a fundamental disagreement with someone that you are close to and love very much? I know I'm not the only one. But in that moment, what do you say? It's easy to get stuck in a state of confusion between sharing truth in love and putting in your two cents as a busy body when it's not wanted.
With "social media" (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) we have the ability to put our thoughts and ideas out there before hundreds of our friends and family at the click of a button. Everyone has different experiences that have shaped their worldviews and when you have one, two, three hundred or more friends you can be pretty certain that any given post has the potential to offend at LEAST one person!
In early America there were roughly 1/3 who were loyal to the crown, 1/3 of the people who wanted to proclaim independence, and 1/3 that didn't want to be involved in the debate. Are we facing the same sort of thing today? Some of us see Big Government as a loss of liberty, some have just gotten comfortable with Big Government, some are so dependent upon Big Government for their livelihood that they are willing to fight to defend it.
Many of us who believe in the individual and that our rights come from God and not government, become distressed when those we love say things of the opposite view, or when others become frustrated with us when we say what we believe.
Matthew 10 comes to mind. Many principles that our country was founded upon were Biblical principles. Let's take a look at a few things Jesus tells the disciples before He sends them out to preach the gospel.
If people don't want to hear what we have to say it is NOT our job to convince them.
Vs. 16 - I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
May God grant us discernment on when to speak and when not to speak, and also HOW to speak and WHAT to speak!!
Vs. 36 - A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
That's tough! But God's truth does divide those who believe from those who will not believe. God, grant us grace to accept that You are God and we...are not.
I am really wondering what your thoughts may be. Do you ever have this experience? Please comment below. I would love to know I'm not alone.