What I’m Trying to Say Is…You’re Stupid

 

What our nature says:

 

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What the Spirit says:

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” – 1 John 4:20

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22, 23

“For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” – 1 Corinthians 3:3

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” – Romans 12:16

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” – James 1:26

“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” – James 2:1

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” – James 2:8

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” – James 2:12, 13

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” – James 3:13-18

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“The increasing political polarization and bitterness we see in U.S. politics today is a sign that we have made political activism into a form of religion. How does idolatry produce fear and demonization?

Dutch-Canadian philosopher Al Wolters taught that in the biblical view of things, the main problem in life is sin, and the only solution is God and his grace. The alternative to this view is to identify something besides sin as the main problem with the world and something besides God as the main remedy. That demonizes something that is not completely bad, and makes an idol out of something that cannot be the ultimate good. Wolters writes:

The great danger is to single out some aspect or phenomenon of God’s good creation and identify it, rather than the alien intrusion of sin, as the villain in the drama of human life…The Bible is unique in its uncompromising rejection of all attempts to identify part of creation as either the villain or the savior.” – Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods

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The admonition here is not to abandon our opinions and convictions. We can hold to a political stance without falling into the fleshly trap of assuming that our “party” is perfect and their party, or rather all who disagree, are evil or stupid or depraved. We can stop attacking personal character or assuming hearts, ESPECIALLY when it comes to our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also every other person. We can disagree with abortion without demonizing those who have one or those who disagree. We can stand up for what we think needs to be changed without becoming conceited and looking down on, what may become, our enemy – not necessarily because they are in fact an enemy, but because our priorities become twisted to the point that we now view an allegiance, other than the one we have to God and His bride the church, as the foundation on which we stand.

We can attain this balance because we have the same problem as our enemy and our friend, our brother and the unbeliever: apart from God, we are all weak and sinful and only by His grace can we be saved, and only by His grace and Spirit can we even war against our own equally sinful flesh daily.

And this isn’t a call to be careful not to post things like this on social media, it’s a call to purify our very hearts, to humble ourselves, to be genuine.

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

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7 thoughts on “What I’m Trying to Say Is…You’re Stupid

    • Absolutely. When I thought of this article originally, I wanted to find all sorts of examples of ways we do this to each other, including things written back and forth between Christians…but…turns out that’s extremely time-consuming. ;) So, I stuck with politics and hoped people would apply it wherever else it’s needed.

  1. While I agree that we should be careful about the words that we choose to use, I do think that in essence we are at war to protect our religious freedoms. One party is the party of pushing immorality and anti-Christian views on our nation. If we are unwilling to stand up for our principles, our rights will be taken away and our children will not be afforded the opportunity to worship as we have been for hundreds of years. Our nation was built on Christian principles and Satan is using “fairness” and “freedom” and “inclusive” to fight our morals and values. He is using the fear of looking unforgiving and judgmental to create an apathy within the faith. We must stand up for our beliefs. If you truly love your brother, then you will tell him the truth and not lie to him to protect his feelings. God is the ultimate judge, I truly believe this but if I love my brother should I not confront him with sin…not judge, but confront as the Bible says to do. Love him enough that you care about his soul. We don’t always do this in the most loving manner, we are human and make mistakes, but we must fight the pervasive humanism that is infecting our nation at every opportunity before we are no longer free to teach our values and beliefs to our children. Then our nation will be truly lost and it will be because of our apathy as Christians right now in the midst of the rhetoric that you speak of. He challenges us to NOT be lukewarm in our beliefs. We can be kind but firm and unwavering to our opposition. Believe and be unapologetic and unafraid. That is His charge to us. Do not deny Him and the laws he has established for us in His word to please the culture.

    • I think we need to be careful to assume our way is the right way. A politically conservative Christian my not understand how a Christian could be politically liberal but it is important to remember a few things: 1) both sides represent sin a some way, neither embodies Christianity 2) Christianity often flourishes under persecution and amidst morally corrupt societies, as we can see in history 3) enforcing moral laws does not make a nation Christian and actually makes it more difficult to convince its moralistic citizens that they are actually sinners in need of the gospel 4) it’s possible to be a Christian and believe that the government doesn’t need to be in tune with the Bible-in fact Christianity thrived until it became the religion of the government under Constantine.

      Let’s consider that maybe our brethren with differing views are still thinking in light of the gospel and not selfishly.

    • I think we need to be careful to assume our way is the right way. A politically conservative Christian my not understand how a Christian could be politically liberal but it is important to remember a few things: 1) both sides represent sin a some way, neither embodies Christianity 2) Christianity often flourishes under persecution and amidst morally corrupt societies, as we can see in history 3) enforcing moral laws does not make a nation Christian and actually makes it more difficult to convince its moralistic citizens that they are actually sinners in need of the gospel 4) it’s possible to be a Christian and believe that the government doesn’t need to be in tune with the Bible-in fact Christianity thrived until it became the religion of the government under Constantine.

      Let’s consider that maybe our brethren with differing views are still thinking in light of the gospel and not selfishly.

      • You mentioned abortion in your post. Are you saying that we should sit and do nothing while thousands of children are murdered everyday? I understand where your coming from, and being hateful serves no purpose nor is it Biblical, but I have to agree with “love your neighbor” on this one.

      • It is right to have convictions and if you see a way you can help reduce abortion, seek it. But having convictions and seeking that purpose is an entirely different thing than slandering those who have or would oppose you. The ultimate purpose is to bring others closer to God. So, yes, vote how you will, take action how you can and counsel people as needed. But throwing blanket statements to the masses (like pictures on Facebook) about how heartless and cruel and dumb liberals or prochoicers or women who choose abortion are will only serve to broaden the chasm and push your opponents away.

        Consider your own self. Assume you have a point of view that is flawed – of those who wish to change that view, who are you most likely to listen to – the person who insults you and talks sarcastically and bitterly about those like you, the one who tries to convince you by tearing you and your intellect down and comparing you to Hitler? Or the one who is gentle and understanding, validating your feelings, acknowledging why you might have come to that point of view, and then explaining their own views clearly and unbaisedly, preferably one-on-one?

        It’s easy to post cliche, potentially offensive pictures or updates on FB in the name of justice and truth, and it’s harder to control our tongues, pray for wisdom, display patience and genuinely care for other sinners in the world. Are we really wanting to change people’s hearts or just prove them wrong?

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