Rev. Todd Peperkorn has written an excellent guide to how Christians should approach political conflict in light of the 8th Commandment. His thoughts were spurred by the rather dramatic goings on in Wisconsin, where he’s a pastor. Here’s a portion of his excellent post:
- Don’t concern yourself with motivations, secret plots, conspiracies and the like. Human beings will always operate in these ways, and today is no different than a hundred years ago.
- Do concern yourself with what the issues actually are, and not the personalities involved.
- Remember that Christians of goodwill can disagree on how love is to be shown to the neighbor. This does not mean someone who disagrees with you isn’t a Christian. It means that they understand things differently than you do.
- Our unity in faith is immeasurably more important than our unity in politics. If you have found that political agreement is more important to you than who you will be spending eternity with (or where!), then I would suggest your priorities are out of whack and need serious examination.
I love that last bit. My husband is a full-time political writer and I’m surrounded by people who live and breathe politics. I think politics is very important but it’s amazing how much time and energy is spent on it compared to God’s Word.