“As a citizen of Christ’s kingdom, I must fight the right battles, those first of all within my own heart, and then live in such a way that I point the world to the King. I wonder if some of the battles we’ve taken up in the last year are accomplishing this goal. Does the way we’re bickering and lashing out point others to our true home? Would those around us have reason to accuse us on grounds other than our allegiance to the King of Kings?” (Cindy Matson).
I posted earlier about not being a facemask Pharisee. I do believe in wearing a mask when in crowded public spaces, especially when you’re unable to social distance. I also believe that no one has the right to judge the character of someone they’ve never met based solely on wearing or non-wearing of a mask.
That said, I think it’s important to pick and choose our battles. What really and truly matters eternally? What will make the biggest impact in showing others the true glory and beauty of Jesus and drawing them to Him? What is a conviction and what is a personal preference?
I think that perhaps we need to do a little less pontificating and more praying. Those people that get on your nerves and aggravate you to the nth degree? Pray for them. Those people who voted differently than you and love to talk about how right they are and how wrong you are? Pray for them. Argue less, pray more, and all will be well — or at least you will have a more secure peace of mind.
Basically, pray for people whether you like them or not, agree with them or not, know them or not. I think that about covers it.