talking about politics / the tongue

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

James 3

I’m going to have to be careful because on a post like this I could easily do what this post is supposed to be talking against.

I have to say that the American culture today is sadly a smack down culture via the media. We can name names, and it’s not just one entity or one particular politician. There’s a world of hurt and division that go with such speak. Let’s face it: politics seems to become a part of our identity, wherever we happen to identify on the political scene.

Serious discussion over issues is replaced with soundbite exchanges back and forth, which in themselves are hot as the pit. Volleys like that end up serving nothing more than starting a fire that is out of control in our society and not easy to put out even in small circles such as family.

One of the sad aspects of this is that one can actually bring up a serious topic worthy of consideration, dialog and prayer and end up being pegged political. Another problem nowadays is going after politicians. I have to say that some of the Facebook posts I see from Christians are appalling. Putting down a particular politician, whoever they might be. We can strongly disagree and address our disagreement, but we must beware of falling into the sin of the tongue which is spoken against over and over in scripture.

All of this is a pity, because the politics of this world has its place, indeed an important place, though I think for so many it is out of place. The kingdom of God come in Jesus which is political (and everything else; of all of life) is where our focus and hope is to be, not on the politics of this world. Where our hearts are is what our tongues will be talking about. And the fire in American society is burning. Where are the wise believers in our Lord who can bring some wisdom into this mess?

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3