Late Wednesday afternoon, Trump supporters attending a “Stop the Steal” rally-turned-violent-riot, stormed the U.S. Capitol building stalling the certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Amid the uprising, many faith leaders have taken strong stances, offering statements condemning the actions of the rioters.
Long after the political events of this week are over, every person you know will still need the eternal life only Jesus can offer. Our political engagement, even when motivated by a desire for truth and integrity in our political system, can be so divisive and caustic that nonbelievers will judge Christ by Christians and reject both.
This is why it is imperative to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).
During the debate, my friend Trevin Wax tweeted, “Neil. Postman. He saw this coming forty years ago,” referring to how the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, who described what happens in societies when societies entertainment replaces truth and celebrity-ism replaces virtue.