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Political Discussions in Your Small Group? Here Are 5 Ways Forward

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Jesus had a small group that included a government tax collector and a zealot wanting to over through the government. Let that sink in for a moment. We romantically say how Jesus brought Matthew and Simon together. I have a hard time thinking that a lively debate about the Roman government did not come up. One of the most remarkable messages of the New Testament is that Jesus brought together natural enemies to follow Him. We find ourselves amid another polarized election season, not to mention during a pandemic and a racial reckoning. Social media has fueled the fires of debate. As a small group point person, you have the challenging task of making peace through a divisive season of political discussions. Let us not miss the opportunity for small groups to go deeper into following Jesus.

We will need to take time to pray, plan, and prepare for the potential problems, such as political discussions, that could arise during this election season.

Political Discussions in Your Small Group?

1. Keep the gospel central.

Tim Keller says, “The gospel is good news, not good advice.” Our highest allegiance and commitment is to Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection have brought us new life. No matter who gets elected in November, Jesus is still the King. All church leaders – senior pastors, staff pastors, small group point people, small group leaders, and small group members – need to filter their perspectives through this lens.

2. Acknowledge the differences

We’re approaching fall kickoffs, including small group leader trainings to new small groups meeting for the first time. Set the expectation early that people in small groups will vote differently and have strong sentiments on politics. Often, the heated dialogues begin because people make comments assuming everyone else thinks as they do. Help leaders set the tone in their groups of potential landmine discussions.