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.”
So, with a public square that is increasingly digital, what is our role in a society that is increasingly divided?
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 social divisiveness in our digitally connected, but socially divided, world. Here are a few of his points.
6 Principles for Addressing Division Online
- I don’t have to “be a voice” or “have a voice” in every conversation.
- I don’t have to correct or confront every view or person I disagree with.
- I have a tendency or bias toward seeing myself as the objective one.
- I tend to express high emotion when I am morally distressed or insecure.
- The higher my emotion, the more likely I fall into slander, gossip, anger or just plain getting facts wrong (even well-established facts).
- The higher my actual “cultural power” (whether I recognize it or not), the more likely I am to miss how I minimize others’ views and/or vulnerabilities.
In our next post, we will share the second part of Bill Henson’s session: “18 Principles for Navigating Emotionally Sensitive Matters.”
Can you find scripture verses that back up these principles? Share them below!