We’ve all heard it said—never discuss religion or politics.
Some people have said they are going to quit posting anything political on Facebook. Most people already keep their religious views to themselves.
However, is that the wise thing to do?
Not necessarily. I rarely say anything on Facebook about politics, mainly because I know so little. I keep my thoughts to myself. However, I do have a litmus test. Is the political candidate for or against abortion? I choose the one against.
When the political spills over into the moral, I feel it is my duty to speak up, whether that’s on Facebook, Twitter, or other social sites.
How about religious views? Is it better to keep them to ourselves?
We don’t have that option. We are to tell others of Christ. We are commanded to do so, albeit, with an attitude of love.
I said this the other day after a rather heated discussion. “We do not have to see eye to eye as Christians, but we do have to see heart to heart.” I don’t know if I heard that somewhere (probably), or if it came from my brain. Nevertheless, I really like it.
I realize that words can be and often are misconstrued. Here is a quote from Eternal Springs:
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
I rewrote Kahlil Gibran’s poem, changing the focus to the words I write. Here's my version:
I may house my words in the covers of a book
But they dwell in the house of tomorrow
In the eyes of the readers
Who will see them in their own ways
And not seek to make them fit my conception.
Just as we let go of our children, let them leave the nest, writers must also let go of their words.
Both processes are painful.
Both processes are painful for the same reasons. We know the world will not understand our child the way we do. The same with our words. People will put their own spin on what we write. They do not understand our words in the same way we do.
And this I wish to offer—if you believe I ever say anything that is contrary to the word of God, please let me know. Perhaps I have, inadvertently, and I certainly would need to correct it if I did.
Perhaps I will make mistakes in the future. I am only a marred human and will make plenty of mistakes.
However, there is the possibility I will not agree with you. Perhaps I’ll think what I’ve written is Biblical.
Please tell me anyway. It will be a big help to me and to those reading my words. I do not want to spread false ideas.
Whether I agree or disagree, I promise I will always seek to see heart to heart, whether or not we ever see eye to eye.
(And, if you wish to know more of my beliefs as a Christian, this is the church I attend: Opp Church of Christ)