Last week I wrote about Christians as party-ers and how the church has a real reason to celebrate. We discussed a few ideas of how to speak of our exploits of faith. Now building on that theme, we are faced with the most controversial issue in the workplace:
How are Christians to approach these conversations (politics), especially this time of year? We can’t afford to try to become politicians if that’s not our calling in life.
What a tragedy it is when we try to conform ourselves to a unique gifting God made for someone else.
It’s an epic fail, truly epic! This could waste a lot of time by wandering off of the unique path He has had carved for us since before He created time.
How often does the latest news story ruin your day? More specifically, how deeply does the latest campaign development affect your everyday life and relationships. They usually only negatively impact our workspace relationships.
Why? We tend to choose to socialize with people who are like us. At work, you don’t get that convenience. As Christians we should thank God for that. We should also actively break this pattern.
Here are 3 ways to help us avoid an unhealthy confrontational approach while still joining the conversation:
1. Don’t repeat the TV. Repeat the Bible.
We should live this way anyway.
Don’t let the farce that is media inform your thoughts.
If we are truly passionate about the issues, we should take the time to dig past the headlines and find some accurate and balanced sources.
On the other hand, don’t feel you have to check your opinions at door.
Our worldview should be well informed with facts, while being reported on, built upon, and growing further out of the Bible and into culture.
Most often, it isn’t our Christianity or lack thereof that riles others. Many times, its not even the stances we are taking. Often what’s ruffling feathers is the borrowed inflammatory rhetoric from totally biased sources like the 24 hour news cycles, newspaper, twitter, and talk radio.
2. Don’t speak before you’ve heard; and even then still start by asking questions.
The book of James has a lot to say about this.
James says we swift to listen and slow to speak.
We have to obey that without adding a “Yeah, but….”
Let’s not try to spiritualize manmade systems in a fallen world.
We have got to hear people out and then ask informed questions – informed from their personal position.
Then, ask brothers and sisters in Christ, we can ask how they navigate their positions with their Christian worldview.
We can’t be listening for flaws and weaknesses in their logic or sitting anxiously waiting to pull our trigger.
In other words, let’s question our own motives before we question them on anything.
If you don’t truly want to know something…. Don’t ask it!
3. Don’t think disagreement means the conversation is over or that unity cannot be achieved.
This applies to believers and non-believers.
We should strive with everything in us to live peaceably with all people.
There is no need to take extreme positions of fight or flight when we could simply dance.
Hey, it might just be one of the many ways that we show some of the hope that is in us and beg a question from a curious, watchful world.