Christians are called to take the Gospel to others where they are, as they are. They are called to be leaders and example-setters — people to whom others look and think, “Wow! They really love me and the people around me.”
Lead Them Home Founder and President Bill Henson was recently featured at a missionary leadership summit hosted by one of our church sponsors. His session addressed divisiveness in our social media–connected world.
In our last post, we shared Bill Henson’s “6 Principles for Engaging a Digital and Divided World.” Below, consider 18 principles for navigating emotionally sensitive matters.
For the sake of the Gospel: Posture Shift principles to live by when your “calling” connects you to complex, controversial and emotionally sensitive matters:
- I don’t discuss politics or sports with (or in front of) people I don’t know.
- I don’t use politics or sports for humor or competitive purposes.
- I primarily discuss deeply-held views privately with family and friends.
- It’s not worth offending the one person who came to encounter Jesus.
- It’s not worth causing others to miss an important insight I have to offer.
- It’s not worth tempting others to continue acting unjustly or insensitively.
- Surrendering my right to express my voice often yields invitation to share.
- Other times: no one invites me to share — and I lose all my human power.
- It is healthy to lose my power (especially if I have majority power).
- “Dying a thousand deaths” to my own power refines my soul thinking.
- Losing “my voice” or “my power” yields humility and dependence upon God.
- In moments of high dependence on God, I often see Him do what I cannot.
- Two of the greatest things God does: protect character and build credibility.
- When I have the confidence of seeing His power, I can afford to be objective.
- One of the greatest levels of objectivity is seeing humanity in “the other.”
- If I see humanity in those I disagree, I find some reason to side with them.
- Seeing progress in relationships is more likely than at systemic levels.
- If you live this out long-term, a great joy is seeing even systemic blessings.
Can you find scripture verses that back up these principles? Share them below!