i was really looking forward for the election to be over. toward the end, it got to the point where i couldn’t bear to check my twitter feed. but in the past couple of days, the whining has been intolerable. i just have to comment.
i have seen some reasoned responses to the election, but i’ve seen more (many more) reactions that could only be described as immature and peevish. from self-proclaimed christians.
no matter how disappointed we may be by the outcome of the election, we do not represent the kingdom well when we pout. even if we sincerely believe that we are seeing the demise of democracy in our lifetimes, we are directed to exemplify lives of thanksgiving rather than criticism.
here’s the thing about anger…
1. it makes you look small
it is awkward when a small child throws a tantrum in public; it is downright shameful when adults do it. a petulant attitude is the product of a selfish heart, and it is repulsive if that heart resides in a christ-follower.
james wrote, “man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that god desires.” (james 1:20) so if you are striving live a life of righteousness, then “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger” (ephesians 4:31), whether your man won the election or not.
2. it will destroy you from the inside
some of my friends are beyond upset (about to come unglued!) and i am troubled for them. besides the fact that they are undermining their testimonies, i’m afraid they are endangering their emotional health.
paul wrote to timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority.” a command. and it is a command that makes perfect sense all by itself. but paul goes on to explain that this specific instruction has a powerful effect on our spirits:
…that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 timothy 2:1-2)
the greek word quiet (ἔρημος) speaks of stillness and tranquility, and i’d appreciate a little more quiet from the christians on twitter.
and i think jesus would be grateful, too.