Political Ads. Yuck.
I feel like I could end this blog post right now and I would have already said enough. You all understand exactly what I mean with those first three words, don’t you? The slew of political Ads that we have all been subjected to for the last few weeks on T.V., Social Media, print, etc. have just been plain…yucky.
It seems that the majority of Ads are vehemently bent on personally destroying the character, integrity, and very being of opposing candidates. I don’t need to go into depth here concerning the outrageous lengths that these ads go to in order to tear down opponents in every conceivable way. But frankly, it’s pretty appalling. And I have seen it come from both sides.
Thankfully, today is election day (and you should go vote your conscience, by the way) and that means that the ads will go silent, at least for a while. But even though the ads will go away for a time, that doesn’t mean that the underlying problem will.
Every single human being is made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Human beings, both males and females, have inherent value and dignity simply because they are beautifully crafted in the image of the one true God.
What is the problem then? It is that people fail to recognize this Image-Bearer status and fail to treat one another with dignity and respect.
All throughout the Bible, it is clear that God loves all of His creation. But His absolutely most prized creation is mankind. We see time and time again that God cares for people, usually even in the midst of their unbelief and open rebellion. All of God’s love, care, kindness, and grace for mankind, of course, reaches its climax at the cross where Jesus willingly died in the place of all of people.
The Bible also warns and encourages people to treat one another with respect and to humbly think of others before themselves. We are instructed to encourage one another, seek the good of others, and love one another. We are even instructed to love and pray for those who, not just disagree with us, but who are our enemies! (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 4:29, Mark 12:30-31, Colossians 3:16, Proverbs 10:12, Leviticus 19:18, Luke 6:27-31, Romans 12:20…and so on…you get the picture.)
James chapter 3 talks about the power that our words have over others. Our words can build up and bless. Our words can also tear down and curse. As Image-Bearers we need to understand the huge responsibility that we have to control our words.
Now, you may be reading this and think, “Sure, I get what you are saying but that person/program/policy is just so stinkin’ bad!”
I hear you. We live in a fallen and broken world. Ever since the events of Genesis chapter 3 mankind has been under the curse of sin and death. The results of The Fall are devastatingly obvious. But the fact is people still bear the Image of God, even if it is a broken and scared version of the original.
We won’t win arguments by shouting louder. We won’t gain friends by being rude. And we certainly won’t win people over to Jesus by abusively insulting others. Speak the truth, but do so in love.
So, go ahead and vote today.
Just remember, the candidate that you did not vote for is, despite everything we have been told to believe, a living breathing person made in the image of God.