8 Bible Verses About Love...Hate...And Politics

8 Bible Verses About Love…Hate…And Politics

8 Bible Verses About Love…Hate…And Politics …

8 Bible Verses About Love...Hate...And Politics

Liberals and conservatives are both evil…

It must be true…

I read it online.

Liberals, claims a post, are evil people…

Lusting for power and wanting to control everyone’s life.

Conservatives, says a post a little further down, are evil people…

Hating the poor, loving the rich, destroying the planet.

Sigh.

Wait…

Here’s another post…

A post seven of my friends like.

These seven people don’t know each other…

Some are very liberal…

Others very conservative.

And yet they all like this one post.

The post calls for unity…

And quotes a Bible verse…

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17

Not a verse written for the online world…

A world in which posts about love and honor are ignored…

(Unless you include a cute picture of a kitten or a baby!)

And angry posts get likes and shares and comments…

But I wonder….

How would our political discourse change if we followed that verse?

What if we followed it’s command to “honor everyone”…

If we’d write posts in which we try to…

…Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10

Or…What would the world see…

How would it be changed…

if we wrote posts in which we “Love the brotherhood”

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:35

What if our posts focused less on our fear of opinions that differ from our own?

But instead showed that we Fear God?

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7

even if we honor others and love the brotherhood, How  can we “Honor the emperor”?

How can conservatives honor Nancy Pelosi and President Obama?

How can liberals honor Paul Ryan and President Trump?

When he wrote that line, Peter didn’t know modern evil right?

Oh, wait…

The Roman emperor was persecuting and killing Christians…

As Peter died a martyr’s death…

As did Christ.

Still Peter says “Honor the emperor”

And Jesus says…

…“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  Mark 12:17

(Sigh.) (Again.)

It is so hard for me to follow these verses.

I have strong political opinions.

I want to shout them to the world…

Sometimes angrily!

And yet…

In the midst of my political beliefs and fears…

In my eagerness to write angry posts…

I remember God has told us…

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people Titus 3:2

In the midst of my struggle between love and hate…

I remember God’s final verdict on which will win the day…

“Love never fails.” 2 Corinthians 13:8

8 Bible Verses About Love…Hate…And Politics …

What a complicated topic…

The Bible also tells us to hate what is evil” Romans 12:9

How should Christians express their political beliefs online?

What Do You Think?

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