Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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August 28, 2017

Hey Brother,

I woke up today and checked my social media feed. Judging by the headlines of the articles being shared, you’d think the U.S. was in another civil war. There is so much division in our country, and I’m sad to say that I see just as many Christians as non-Christians posting things laced with hate towards those with opposing views. We should be known for our love for others, not by what we hate!

I have been blessed with the opportunities to live in very different parts of the country, work in very different jobs, and get a taste of a variety of world perspectives. Because of that, I don’t often fit neatly into any political or social category. When I visit my family in Texas, they often joke that I am a “dirty liberal.” However, when I worked in Hollywood, my co-workers considered me a “crazy conservative.”

We live in a hashtag world where everything and everyone is categorized and compartmentalized. We don’t like things that don’t fit neatly into one of our categories. Well, I hate to break it to you, but thanks to sin, the world is a messy place!

Many people often define one political group or one movement as “Christian” and everyone in the opposing group as worldly or even anti-Christian. A lot of our modern culture has an “Us vs. Them” mentality.

Now, as Christians, we know the world will hate us and our views. Jesus warned us in Matthew 10:22, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

However, I feel that some of us use the world’s hatred towards Christians as a badge of honor and even go out of our way to provoke that hatred. Is that how Christians are supposed to present themselves? No!

Jesus said in Matthew 5:44, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

How many of the political posts that you share on Facebook abide by that verse? If you post something that is against someone else’s views, do you do it respectfully? Do you do it in a way to edify and educate? Is your post out of love for fellow Christians and hope in the redemption of others? Or is it out of hate for someone else’s views?

Romans 12:18 tells us, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

Now you may think, It’s different now. The world is divided. Liberals are evil. Conservatives are evil. Anyone that thinks differently than me is evil, the enemy, and needs to be stopped! Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” I can’t think of two groups that had more opposing world views than the Jews and Greeks (AKA Gentiles) of the first century. Yet, they were told that those differences didn’t define them any longer. Their identity and their bond was in Christ.

Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). As children of God, we should be known for our love, and this includes what we write and share with the world on the Internet. Social media should not be a vehicle of anonymity that drives hatred but another tool that allows us to spread the love and good news of Christ.

Kristopher Galuska
Family Radio Staff

5 Responses to "Can’t We All Just Get Along?"

  1. Jason Mitchell Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    KRIS, THANKS FOR SHARING… I AGREE WITH YOU. FOR THE BIBLE IS TRUE IN STATING THAT EVERYTHING WE DO MUST BE DONE OUT OF LOVE, EMPATHY AND EDIFICATION… I KNOW FOR ME, I’M GUILTY OF CONTENDING, WELL NO, MAYBE IT’S COMBATING. FOR I’LL POST A SCRIPTURE BECAUSE I FELT & SENSED DISHARMONY, REGARDING BEING ILL TREATED BY WHOMEVER I’M DEALING WITH, TO BE LIKE, “SEE, THIS WHAT THE PHARISEES WERE DOING TO JESUS AND Y’ALL DOING THIS TO ME”

    BUT THE IRONY OF IT KRIS, IS THAT I’M ALSO THINKING ABOUT LOVE, FOR IN MY HEART I’M TRYING TO RELAY SCRIPTURE, IN ORDER TO RELATE US BACK TO GOD… SO MAYBE WE BOTH, (BOTH), AS IN ME AND WHOEVER’S LISTENING, WHOM I’M IN DISCORD WITH, CAN SHARE AND POSSIBLY COME TO A GODLY AGREEMENT… AND I KNOW EVERYBODY DOESN’T BELIEVE CHRISTIANITY BUT CHRIST DID SAY IN (Proverbs 16:7):

    When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    …AND THAT SCRIPTURE IS A ‘FAR CRY’ BECAUSE I FEEL I DON’T HAVE ANY ENEMIES IN THE WORLD, AS IN HUMANITY… YES, MY BODY, MY OWN FLESH, AND THE KINGDOM OF SATAN, BUT THAT’S IT!!! HELP ME OUT A BIT. WHAT DO YOU FEEL???

    ONCE AGAIN, THANKS FOR SHARING, YOU GUY’S ARE A BLESSING!!!

    PEACE!!!

  2. Kristopher Galuska Posted on August 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hey Jason,

    Great to hear from you! I think you are justified in sharing Scripture to edify and come to a godly agreement. I think the danger comes in when we post things to prove ourselves as right verses glorifying God. For me, I see a lot of people fighting about things with such passion they practically turn those things into a religion in and of themselves. Politics is, of course, a big one. People fight for their political party as if it is infallible and holy. As we know, anything of man is prone to mistakes and failure. As Christians, worshiping a political party is idolatry. There is nothing wrong with feeling more aligned with a particular group, but we should never let that group become our basis for morality. As Jesus once said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24). Our master should be God and God alone.

    It sounds like your heart is in the right place. If you ever doubt it, ask yourself these questions: Am I doing this for God or myself? Am I being a peacemaker, or am I purposefully creating arguments and dissent? Am I showing God’s love or showing my hate?

    Hope this helps! I look forward to hearing from you on future blogs!

    God Bless,

    -Kristopher

  3. Jonathan Posted on August 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Well said. Particularly, I don’t think I have ever put the Galatians 3:28 in terms of politics but it totally works. There are many things in the world that divide us but one true reason that brings us together, the person of Jesus Christ. Putting words in Christ’s mouth about what we should or shouldn’t believe, teach, or advocate for doesn’t do nearly as much as simply living and abiding in the things he has already said. Let’s all try living the things he told us to and living it well before we try to append more to his Word.

  4. Jonathan Posted on August 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Jason, I think too the word choice you used is apt in pointing something else out. You said combating or contending but by and large, we are not called to fight the world. It’s a losing fight. But God proclaimed His Son to be the Might God, a Prince of Peace but also the Lion of Judah. Basically ours is to defend, not attack. Our weapons are a shield of faith and a sword of righteousness. Attackers don’t use shields, but defenders do. Ours is not to contend but to defend. God will do the fighting of the battles for us, if you take Him at His word.

  5. Jason Mitchell Posted on August 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    GOOD LOOKING OUT BROTHERS, I NEEDED THIS. I WILL DEFINITELY TAKE HEED,

    MUCH LOVE, PEACE!!!

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