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14 Questions to Ask Before Starting That Conversation You’re Dreading

14 Questions to Ask Before Starting That Conversation You’re Dreading

Expressing one’s political views on social media these days is like dropping bloody fish guts into a shark tank. It’s downright scary at times.

That’s why I often sit out these exchanges. But I’ve seen brothers and sisters in Christ trash each other too often.

I cringe every time I see some iteration of: “You’re a smart guy. Take down this garbage…” Could there be a better way? I hope so. Jesus said that without unity, we (the Church) cannot be effective witnesses to the world (John 17:20-23). With that in mind, here are some questions to ask ourselves as we engage in these difficult but necessary conversations:

1: Is my objective simply to make a point, or to point people to Christ?

2: Am I regarding the person I disagree with as a fellow image-bearer of God?

3: Are the things we agree on of more consequence than the things we disagree about?

4: What if neither of us has a full grasp on all the issues, and we need each other to see a more complete picture?

5: Can I acknowledge the inherent conflict, tension and trade-offs of siding with any political party?

6: Can we acknowledge that no political party has a monopoly on what we believe? That in some cases it’s not as simple as this versus that?

7: Could we work together outside of the current political environment to demonstrate the love of Christ and improve things in our country?

8: Am I placing my culture, my region, traditions or any other affiliation or ideology above identification with Christ and what He commands?

9: Am I defending the truth of God’s Word, or striving to preserve power, wealth and entitlements that favor me above others?

10: Has my personal apathy and compromise contributed to our country’s current societal ills?

11: Is my aversion to our leadership so acute that it impedes me from obeying the biblical commands to honor (1 Peter 2:17) and pray for our leaders (1 Tim. 2: 1-3)?

12: Is my defense of our leadership so unequivocal that it impedes me from obeying the biblical command to speak up and defend the rights of weak and destitute (Prov. 31: 8-9; Jer. 22:3)?

13: Can I call out any unbiblical views my brother or sister might have in humility and in love?

14: Can I accept being called out for any unbiblical views I might have in humility and love?

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