Ethics: Christian Friends Disrespect the President on Social Media

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What would you do Wednesday!

During the latest State of the Union speech, several of your fellow Christian friends showed a lot of disrespect toward President Obama. They took to social media sharing many sarcastic and bitter comments toward the President.

You think Scripture demands is a better way to think about the President even though you do not agree with his politics. For your own thought life, you look up a few Bible verses to consider how you will think about the President.

1 Tim. 2:1-3 says that it pleases God to make “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” emphasizing “kings and all who are in high positions.” (President Obama holds the highest position in the land.)  Further, Scripture says we are to submit to “every human institution” including “the emperor as supreme” and even to his “governors” (1 Pet. 2:13-14). Even the Apostle Paul honored the offices of the unbelieving Roman governors Felix (Acts 24:2) and Festus (Acts 26:25) referring to them as “most excellent.”

The next day many of the same friends were still making comments toward the President.

What would you do?

  • Leave to their comments; say nothing.
  • Go to them privately with Scripture to encourage a better approach.
  • Fire back at them publicly with Scripture.
  • Or…

Here I blog…

Mark

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The above article was posted on January 21, 2015 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Michael January 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Honestly, I’d hope I’d pull them aside privately. But, in reality, I might have commented on their status. I tend to want to avoid confrontation with friends. But, a gentle rebuke may be needed from time to time. Thanks for posting this, Mark.

2 Mark Lamprecht January 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

One of the problems with commenting on networks like twitter when the President is speaking is that 140 characters may come off as snark when it wasn’t meant to. I did it myself. 🙂

3 Michael Devaney January 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Remember, Paul publicly rebuked Peter… so that is sometimes necessary, even on FB.

But, speaking privately is often more effective… although nowadays you might not see that person outside of social media. Wisdom is needed.

Related, I have to say, Peter says we’re to pray for our leaders so we can live quiet lives. I think often churches forget this. They exalt political “leaders” as they pray for them… giving them a respect I don’t think they deserve.

Pray that they’d leave us alone and for their conversion sure… but not at the expense of more urgent matters.

4 Vernita S. January 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I would respectfully speak to them and inform them that God expects for us to live up to a higher standard than that of the world. Also, their actions are disrespectful and with the above scripture, will add Romans 13:1-7. We don’t have to agree with everything our President/Government does, however, it is important to give respect to the office they hold regardless of how you may feel about them.

To be honest, I’m neither a Democratic or Republican, I’m a Christian on a Mission and that governs who I choose to vote for. I’ll add to this, Perhaps, if they spend more time praying for those in Leadership, the time spent criticizing would diminish. And if they feel they can do a better job, go for it! Run for President!

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