2 Timothy 2:23-26 says, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to our knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
During the last Presidential elections in America, the Lord instructed me to choose principles over politics. I was led to “stop endorsing and pray.” That’s why I don’t currently endorse any particular candidates or parties. Instead God has instructed me to pray for candidates and help to support politicians who will advance the culture of life in America.
I understand that in the political arena candidates have to try and put their best foot forward and downplay their faults. We are all human and thus flawed but nobody wants to admit it.
But in the political arena, it seems to me that not only do their flaws come out, but they are pounced upon by the other candidates. Candidates often plan to take the “high road“ but along the way are “pulled off the wall” in order to defend themselves and their position. I know this to be true because I was a candidate in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I generally chose to take my message door to door to the voters, and avoided political brawling. I won the race for the Georgia State Legislature Representative of the 28th District without a runoff as a result of this strategy. I have been an elected official and an appointed official, and have always found that strife and mudslinging is not the best way. I’m not criticizing anyone’s political strategies, just saying what worked for me.
It‘s really hard to be Christ Like and Kingdom minded in the middle of political battles. Let’s pray for all the candidates, those we like and those we are not so fond of. Even when we don’t agree with them, we can pray for them. As Christ taught us: “…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” the Lord’s says.
Quarrelling among ourselves only shows a divided front in the pro-life movement. There are many opinions on how to go about ending abortion but we should support each other and not fight about what the best way to accomplish our goal.