Evangelism Dos and Don’ts This Election Season
The 2020 election season is upon us, and as Christians, it presents us with multiple evangelism opportunities. It is rare to have the “social ban” on two of the most socially taboo subjects (politics and religion), but every election season is that rare time. People are open to talking about governmental issues, policy issues, and moral issues impacted by candidates. And while that presents many opportunities for evangelism and turning a conversation toward Christ, there are dos and don’ts we should all be aware of – here are a few to consider.
Four Evangelism DosRespect and pray for our leaders. (1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:17) The Bible is clear that we are called to pray for our leaders and show them honor regardless of what party with which they affiliate. Do your conversations and Facebook feed reflect this? Love others. (Proverbs 3:3-4) People are angry, tense, and on edge these days. Encountering someone who is kind, considerate, and caring is like finding an oasis in a desert. Be that person. Listen more, speak less. (James 1:19) In an era when many are eager to share their political opinions, take the time to listen to others. Doing so may lead to an opportunity to share the hope that is within you. Emphasize that Christianity is not a platform, but a relationship. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Your main job is not to influence people to support a party or candidate, but to know Jesus. Keep the main objective in mind.
Four Evangelism Don’tsArgue. (2 Timothy 2:24) It is easy to get into a war of words about political issues, particularly on social media. Our witness should be characterized by kindness, tact, and sometimes choosing NOT to post your comment or reply related to a controversial issue. Saturate your mind with the media. (Colossians 3:2) Do you spend more time in the news or in Scripture? What you hear and see will influence your mind which will, in turn, influence your priorities, including obedience to the Great Commission. Isolate. (Matthew 5:14-16) During times of pollical uncertainty, it is tempting to “circle the wagons” by isolating ourselves from others, particularly from people who disagree with us. God calls us to be salt and light to everyone regardless of their political position. Give in to fear. (Psalm 46:1-2) Many are worried about the future based on the results of the election. Remember that the Lord is in control and His promises, purposes, and kingdom will prevail. Put your trust in Him regardless of circumstances and invite others to do the same.
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