Let me be clear, I am not saying that Christians should belong to one party or another. And I am not saying that Christians need to stay out of politics. I believe the exact opposite actually. I think Christians should be involved in politics, but we have to stay out of the mudslinging! Instead, I think we need to reflect on 2 Timothy 2: 23-26 which says, "Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." If you are throwing a temper tantrum online or posting malicious things, what kind of witness are you being for the kingdom of Christ? So, when you are posting about the debates (or anything really) ask yourself: am I being quarrelsome? Am I being kind to everyone? Am I gently instructing? If not, reconsider your post. It is one thing to have an opinion, it is another thing entirely to be argumentative and rude. It is our job to represent the Lord well. We are called to be a witness to the lost.
I want to take a minute to reflect on how blessed we are. What a wonderful time we live in when we are able to watch the Presidential candidates discuss major issues and policies. I am so glad that people (especially Christians!) are taking an interest in the Presidential Election. The right to vote is an incredible privilege that should not be taken for granted. Focus on the Family has a great broadcast on this issue that can be found HERE. Inform yourself, read, ask questions! If you are looking for a voter guide, I use the Christian Voter Guide which can be found HERE. It has a lot of helpful links and is available in Spanish as well. If you would like to watch clips of the debate they can be found HERE.
Remember Election Day is just 3 weeks away!