Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Politics :P

For the most part I try to avoid politics... like the plague. But for today I think I will break my unspoken rule and talk about politics... and how much I dislike them. :P

Here are my reasons for hating politics:

1) I can't stand arguments - To me it seems like so much of politics is just a bunch of mud-slinging and name-calling. I have never liked confrontation and it seems to me that when politics are involved it can get really nasty. I don't mind a bit of debate, as long as those involved can be mature about it and know when to leave it be. But I have seen far too many people get hurt and attacked through political debates on things like Facebook. I have a number of friends that frequently post political things on Facebook, some of them I agree with and some I don't. Don't get me wrong, everyone is entitled to an opinion and I'm happy for you if you feel comfortable posting it for the world to see. See here's the thing, when you are debating politics you are only defending your opinion. In areas such as religion, you are actually defending your faith and your God (or whatever you believe in). It is true that sometimes the two areas can overlap, such as in the case of abortion or gay marriage.

2) There are more important things to worry about - I kind of touched on this in my last point, but I just think too many times people get caught up in the little things. I think if people would focus on the heart of issues such as abortion and gay marriage, there would be less room for debate. Because if you believe in the Bible as I do, or have some other religious standpoint, the answer to things like that is really quite clear. It gets tricky when people try to interpret things differently though, and again, makes things complicate.

3) No one ever agrees with anyone else completely - This kind of relates to the reason above, but it just seems to me that there are so many issues that no one is ever going to completely agree with anyone else. There will always be at least one or two things that they don't agree on, and these things then tend to cause contention

4) I don't like politicians - In my opinion, most politicians are not really the greatest people. In order to get elected they often have to lie. Those that are actually honest are less likely to be elected. I guess I am kind of a blunt person, at least in my head I'm really blunt, I don't always say things because I would never want to hurt someone. But I really hate grey areas, it's either right or wrong, either black or white, and so on. Politicians have to be so vague when they are campaigning in order to appeal to the widest group possible. Now I do know of at least one politician that is pretty great. At least as far as I know. Obviously nobody is perfect. If we were we wouldn't need Christ.

5) They don't glorify God - All of the arguments over politics don't bring glory to God. And that is what we should be focusing on.
I Corinthians 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
This should be the theme of our lives. Before we do or way anything we should check whether it will bring glory to God. I will be the first to admit that I do things that don't glorify God all the time. But I pray that the Spirit convicts me of those things and I will do more things that do glorify God. 

Here is a song that I really like and it puts it all so much more eloquently than I could. (I would also recommend Chris Rice as a really great artist.) And again, I want to emphasize that if you post political things, more power to you. Just understand that I will probably not ever get myself involved (even if I agree with you), and these are my reasons. If someone were to specifically ask my opinion on something I would likely tell them. I will stand up for my beliefs, but I don't like pointless bickering. So now I'll get off my soapbox! lol! I pray I didn't offend anyone, but I just wanted to speak my mind. God bless you all!

1 comment:

  1. Love the song.

    Love your statement, "when you are debating politics you are only defending your opinion. In areas such as religion, you are actually defending your faith and your God".

    Most of my opinions in politics are just that, opinions, but my faith is not debatable. If a political issue crosses my faith, it is not debate with people, but rather prayer and study in the scripture that can/will guide my decisions.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.