Political Idolatry and Mocking Your Mission Field

Pastor after pastor told us that if politics becomes an idol in our heart that those who don’t agree with us will slowly become the enemy. And yet despite the warning, many of us in the church have raised the idol.

Many in the church have worshipped at the feet of this idol and are simply overjoyed that this idol seems to have produced results. And the mocking has begun. My Facebook is filled with comments about snowflakes, hypocrites and lefties who supposedly are so evil and so despicable that they need to be ridiculed for their tears. The problem is that these snowflakes we’re mocking are my mission field. I talk to so many of them on a weekly basis. Despite Scripture’s warnings about letting no unwholesome words out of our mouths, and only using words that are able to build others up (Eph. 4:29), we think that because some wanted to push abortion and gay marriage that we’re allowed to speak of them any way we choose.

 

We were warned. I feel like it was over and over again. Pastor after pastor told us that if politics becomes an idol in our heart that those who don’t agree with us will slowly become the enemy. We were told that when we put our hopes and trust in the one who sits in the Oval Office and into avoiding persecution and holding on to religious freedom then when people speak out with opposing views from us we will despise them and treat them like an enemy.

And yet despite the warning, many of us in the church have raised the idol. Many in the church have worshipped at the feet of this idol and are simply overjoyed that this idol seems to have produced results. And the mocking has begun. My Facebook is filled with comments about snowflakes, hypocrites and lefties who supposedly are so evil and so despicable that they need to be ridiculed for their tears. The problem is that these snowflakes we’re mocking are my mission field. I talk to so many of them on a weekly basis. Despite Scripture’s warnings about letting no unwholesome words out of our mouths, and only using words that are able to build others up (Eph. 4:29), we think that because some wanted to push abortion and gay marriage that we’re allowed to speak of them any way we choose.

Far too many people have lost their eternal perspective. Although being thankful for religious freedom and lower taxes is not wrong, when we mock those in opposition we show that we have exchanged treasure in heaven for some chump change on earth. (Matt. 6:19)

There are many hurting unbelievers. Whether it’s warranted or not. Millions are heartbroken over the election results. They have put their hope in Hillary Clinton, and here they are with their hopes shattered. Many are scared because of the color of their skin. I get that so many of them are being lied to by the media, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are actually hurting. I also don’t deny that many millennials are gullible, hate God, His word and are driven by a desire to do away with God. But the answer for the Christian isn’t to put our hope in a republican White House while mocking them.  It must be in bringing them the hope we have in our eternal state. We have a great opportunity to bring the Gospel to people who seemed to have everything going their way only weeks ago but now are depressed, violent and even suicidal. It is time to act like ambassadors and to plead with them to repent and follow Christ (2 cor 5:20). They will not change their mind by being mocked. The only way they will be changed is if God in His incredible mercy grants them repentance leading to the truth (2 Timothy 2:25) and shows them that presidents and governments can’t bring true happiness. Only Jesus can. And the beauty of it is that God did that with you and if he hadn’t you might be rioting in the street or who knows what.

At the same time there are many Christians hurting as well.

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