Repent of Telling Political Lies: Kevin H
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” – Ephesians 4:25
For pretty much three years now, three long years at that, we have been dealing with the claims and accusations of a stolen election. While the quantity of proclamations today may not be as ridiculously high as they were the first few months after the election, we still hear them with regularity. Personally, I don’t think there are many instances when I can go more than a couple days without hearing someone claiming the election was stolen, whether in personal conversation, or on tv, or on my Facebook feed, or when reading on the internet. The allegations continue to abound among us.
When the claims were first being made after the election, we couldn’t definitively rule them out as we just did not have enough information one way or another.
However, rather quickly it became quite clear that there was no stolen election. The Trump legal teams repeatedly lost case after case in the courts while also submitting pretty much no evidence whatsoever of foul play. Official after official in the Trump administration came out on and/or off the record saying there was no evidence pointing towards widespread or coordinated voter fraud. Moreover, nobody else for that matter, from Sidney Powell and her “Kraken”, to the obsessed and seemingly detached from reality Pillow Guy, to anyone else who claimed to have evidence, ever produced anything of substance or credibility. At most, there have been some random oddities or circumstances here or there that can lead to conjecture at best, and scattered small individual cases of fraud (including just as many by Trump supporters as Biden supporters), but never anything more.
Nevertheless, despite the claims of a stolen election having proven themselves to be pretty much all falsities and lies for quite a while now, we continue to hear people regularly assert such things, many times in efforts to disparage President Biden or the Democrats or anyone else for whom there is political dislike. If they don’t outright say it, there are continuous insinuations and hintings of it. Sadly, ostensibly most of these false and dishonest proclamations are made by those who would call themselves Christians.
It does not need to be said how often in the Bible we are exhorted to be truthful and the importance of honesty and truth are proclaimed. In the one example given at the beginning of this writing, we see the Apostle Paul calling upon the believers in Ephesus to put away falsehood and be truthful with their neighbors. Yet for many believers in America these last several years, falsehood is not only not put away, but it is all the more trumpeted with a great ferocity to all their neighbors.
I have asked this question many times, probably mostly rhetorically, but I have also yet to ever have anyone venture to try to answer it – If we cannot be trusted with what we say about temporary, earthly issues, how on earth do we expect people to trust us and take us seriously when we speak of much greater and eternal things that have to do with Jesus Christ and His Gospel?
We have a great opportunity here to live out the Gospel….. how powerful would it be for a believer to confess that they got caught up in the excitement and emotion of politics and made assertions and passed on information that turned out to be untrue? How powerful would it be if they repented of their wrongful words and actions which contributed to relationship and societal damage across the country and asked for forgiveness? How powerful would it be if others had the opportunity set before them to forgive and reconcile and we saw grace start to take place in action? How even more powerful would it be if these acts of repentance and reconciliation started spreading across the Christian culture? How much additionally powerful would it be if high profile Christians who were well known for having alleged a stolen election also started repenting in a public fashion and reconciling with those whom they hurt, angered, and falsely accused? How absolutely wonderful of a picture of the Gospel would this be?
Yet to this day, even as I imagine it has probably happened somewhere, I have yet to personally see or even hear of just one Christian confess to and repent of proclaiming and spreading the lies of a stolen election….. not even one who I have seen simply admit that they were wrong.
Once more I ask, how on earth can we expect people to take us serious about Jesus when we are so incredibly, expansively, and foolishly obstinate on a matter of far less importance?
We all are foolish and obstinate on different things at different times… no one is innocent. Nevertheless, when it has come to politics these last several years, and especially on the subject of a stolen election, so many Christians have forged a large and renowned and utterly regrettable reputation of being foolish and obstinate, making it all the harder for all of us Christians to be taken seriously when we speak of our faith. We always love to say Jesus first or God first, yet many of our actions in the realm of politics have betrayed those words. The world is not fooled.
Partisan politics are poison to the soul.
Jesus is the cure.