Voices crying in the wilderness

I’VE BEEN PROCESSING AGAIN… This time about politics and social media in today’s world.

Does the following sound familiar to you?  While still a child I remember hearing from the pulpit that Christians should not get involved with politics for it’s a distractor from doing what Christ called us do in the Great Commission. And even today I can still hear that admonishment being given from time to time in one form or another. Have you heard a similar message from Christians too?

Now let’s bring that message up to date for today’s world, where many Christians continue to feel that Believers should not be involved in politics, but have added to it the area of “social media.” They see the medium as having become so controversial, negative and corrupt, they believe it to be a time waster at best, and at the worst believe people’s negativity and animosities can’t help but drag participants down into the “pits”.

Over the years I found both these beliefs bothered me, but I’ve been hard pressed to be able to tell anyone why—until now that is. I just had the light bulb go on! The “why” came to me today in one of those flashes of understanding that seem to hit sometime out of the blue when we’re not even thinking about it.  At least that’s how they seem to come to me at times!

While thinking about this first initial thought, which so unexpectedly popped into my head, understanding of what it might mean began taking shape as one thought and realization flowed from one to the other. If you too have struggled with similar questions to mine, I invite you to come and see where my series of thoughts led me. The innocent one that started it all flowing was this:

“John the Baptist was a voice “crying in the wilderness,” readying people to receive what God had promised man.”

While thinking about how John the Baptist was appointed by God to be a Voice that was “crying in the wilderness,” to prepare people for the promised Messiah who was about to appear among them, the word, “wilderness” stood out and became full of meaning…

Wildernesses are inhospitable places where life-giving water can be scarce and nurturing food in short supply… and when they are available can often come in unexpected forms too!

Then the other thoughts seemed to fall into place too, step by step…

Today’s political arena and Social Media are like John’s Wilderness—where God’s life-giving spiritual water is scarce and His nurturing food is in short supply.

Just like John used his voice in the wilderness to get people’s attention, and ready their hearts to receive God’s promised Hope, he wants to use our voices to do so too!

Those in politics and the ones who hang out in Social Media are inundated with voices that are “crying out in the wilderness”, voices that reflect the heart of corrupted man. But how often do they hear voices that rightly reflect the heart of God and His wonderful plan for us?

Troubled people today search the internet and Social Media, looking for answers to some of life’s toughest dilemmas, as well as desperately searching for comforting words of encouragement and hope. They have no idea that everything they’re looking for can be found in Christ”.

When Jesus left His followers with the task of the Great Commission, wasn’t He in essence calling us to be His Voice, Hands, and Feet to a dying world?

Jesus calls us to follow Him and become increasingly more like Him. To reflect Him.

He’s called us to be Salt and Light to a world that is suffering and lost without Him.

Like Paul, we’re to be living examples of what it means to have a “new life” in Christ.

Scripture tells us we are always to be ready to give an answer for the hope that’s within us.

The message of the Gospel will always be rejected by some, but received by others.”

And then came the challenging question that wrapped it all up for me…

How can we be a living example, a Voice, hands and feet, salt and light and reflections of Christ, if we avoid those places and people that are “dark”, who make us feel uncomfortable or ill at ease? Yet those places are full of people who are spiritually lost and without hope, with some even looking for just the right Voice that stands out in the darkness, which can bring them hope and peace of mind.

So, has that helped you put the question to rest as to whether it’s wise or not for Christians to be “involved” in politics or participate in social media?

It has me.

An Important Footnote:  Please know I’m not meaning being a Voice in the arena of politics and in the world of Social Media is what every Christian should do. Most definitely not! I believe we all know fellow believers who should not be in those spots, for one good reason or another.

What I am doing however, is presenting the idea that if we’re there letting our “voice” be heard in the area of politics or social media in general, let us remember first our need to be good examples of Christ and our Faith.  And if you feel God is leading you to be a more active Voice for Him as I have; don’t be discouraged if others don’t understand why you’re doing it or your motives. That’s OK. God knows your heart.

I would also encourage you to begin seeing it as an untapped mission field, an opportunity to “plant seeds” of God’s Love in the wilderness… to bring light and water to sprouting seeds and plants wherever you find them… and to lend your support and encouragement to your co-labors in Christ whenever you spot one.

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The Great Commission:  Matthew 28:17-20

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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