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How to Lead Your Church Through Political Tension

I tweet quite often. In most instances, I’m tweeting words of encouragement or challenge or to stretch the minds of pastors. Sometimes, my tweets are misinterpreted. Other times, I accidentally state something that creates an unhealthy tension in those who read the tweet. This is never purposeful, but sometimes it happens.

Each of my tweets automatically shows up on Facebook. Without thinking of the various interpretations that would be possible, I tweeted the following statement: ‎”Will be so glad when the election is over so believers can start worshiping Jesus again.” This started an online conversation between people of varying party affiliations, a discussion that quickly became unhealthy.

My mistake was continuing to be part of the conversation. 

I thought I could bring some closure to the discussion by speaking of the role of the president. I stated: Wow. What a conversation. I sure didn’t realize this statement would create such a stir. Perhaps another thought. … The role of the president of the United States is to protect and abide by the Constitution, to govern under the authority of checks and balances, and to (in the opinion of those who believe the ideals of the forefathers of our country are the ideals that were to guide the decisions made by those who are given the power by the people who elected them, not that the Constitution is an evolutionary document whose ideals change with each generation’s new perspectives) lead the executive branch to make decisions and declarations based on what is the law, not what they want the law to be.”

I then continued, “Since the president is the president, not a pastor, priest or king, Christians whose convictions trump party line, whose convictions trump race, entitlement and/or generational ideologies tend to be voting for the individual who not only upholds the Constitution but who protects the unborn and the sanctity of marriage as by God’s design. Just another thought for consideration.” I wasn’t necessarily speaking of my own convictions, although it was obvious that’s how the statement was taken.

I should have remained silent.

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Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.