Yep, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna talk about politics because the atmosphere in our country is roiling with the realities of politics in America right now. But even though I’m gonna “go there,” I’m not gonna talk about it in the way you might think. I’m not gonna take a particular political point of view – right or left – and then demonize those who don’t share my view. What I want to do is ask the people of God to please be voices that do not define others far too simplisticly – what’s called stereotyping.
In this post I’ve put up a picture of the monolith made famous in the old 2001 Space Odyssey movie. Here’s why I post this picture. It’s sad to me that Jon Stewart, the former host of a Comedy Central show, The Daily Show is a greater voice of reason than even some Christians right now. Right after the election Jon Stewart made the basic observation, “Don’t make people into monoliths.” Sadly I’m hearing too many Christians, and reading too many Christians in social media making people into monoliths. If I told you that I voted for Hillary Clinton do I immediately become a monolith to you – this person who is automatically pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage, pro deceptive governance and more? If that would be your reaction you need to be careful. If I told you that I voted for Donald Trump do I immediately become a misogynistic, homo-phobic, anti-Mexican and Muslim, white supremacist monolith to you? If I told I didn’t know what to do when I voted for president and I wrote in “Mickey Mouse” do I immediately become an irresponsible monolith who handed the election over to people who shouldn’t be president in your mind? My friends, and readers, we must be so careful to move forward without isolating ourselves from each other by defining others who didn’t vote like us into monolithic monsters. We who believe in the Lordship of Christ must be, of all people, those who listen first and do not turn people into stereotypical monsters. In addition we who believe must be very careful that we do not create division within the balance of unity with the very people we worship with and serve with in our own local church. Please understand that the monolithic opinions we express in social media forums run the risk of creating distance between us and our brothers and sisters in faith in our own local church.