Controversy and tension in society bring out the best and the worst in us–even in people who claim to follow Jesus. It’s been interesting to me how many avowed followers of Christ have exchanged kindness for criticism lately. We seem almost addicted to spewing forth our views on the latest issue, whether political or social, but not without a certain amount of venom. We don’t seem intent on bringing people on either side of any given fence together in intelligent, respectful dialogue; rather we seem intent on perpetuating the divide with our divisive rhetoric. Obnoxious is the word that comes to mind. Is that really what our nation or our world needs at the moment?
Let me remind you, and myself, that we claim to follow the Prince of Peace. (Just let that thought simmer for a moment.) And allow me to ask: What or who do you want to be known as? A Conservative? A Liberal? A Republican? A Democrat? A BLM proponent? An ALM proponent? An NRA member? An anti-gun proponent? Or…a Follower of Christ who is seeking wisdom from above at this hour and asking Jesus to fill you with the fruit of his spirit amid all the angst around you (Galatians 5:22-23)?
Try on this definition of wisdom: “Wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18)
How ’bout we all seek to be wise like this! Remember, your opinion probably won’t change anyone or anything, but your example might.