I wrote this blog back in January, but it is more relevant today. The Gospel is greater than your rights — yes, even those rights to fly a Flag that you believe represents your heritage.
(For further reading, check out Russell Moore’s “The Cross and the Confederate Flag.”)
I’ve been a political junkie ever since middle school. While most kids were watching Nickelodeon or playing football, I was the oddball reading USA Today, watching cable news, and vehemently arguing politics with friends and family.
As an American, I had every right to assert my political opinions. To take a stand. To make my position known. And though I have mellowed in recent years, that itch never went away. As a result, I still liked posting opinion columns on controversial issues to my Facebook.
Then, last spring, I ran across this line in D.A. Carson’s book The Cross and Christian Ministry:
“How can Christians stand beside the cross and insist on their rights?”
This quote—and the passage in 1 Corinthians 9 it referred to—floored me. I was immediately convicted about my “right” to assert my political views.
You see, when I ardently posted my political views, I was inevitably driving away the friends…
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