Today it's quite easy to plant a flag on one side or the other of the culture war in our great nation. You can get loads of likes and shares by throwing red meat to people who agree with any given position. But at what cost do we take sides?
By becoming apologists for politicians, political positions, or any given party...we can lose credibility when we appear to have lost objectivity. In a broken world there is no person who is without fault. The inability to recognize both successes and failures, upsides and downsides in ourselves and others, undermines our credibility.
This is a big problem for Christ followers, or those who claim to be. When we are more known for our political position than our spiritual passion we can blind people to the riches of grace and the hope of the gospel. When we appear to be unwavering apologists for a position/person/party without acknowledging any failings or downsides, we may win friends but we'll be ineffective in reaching the world – and being beautiful feet who carry the message of hope is our mission.
In the middle of the night some 2000 years ago, Jesus rebuked Peter for chopping off an ear of a militant who came to take Jesus away. Jesus actually insinuated that Satan motivated him, that's serious. Peter was justifiably angry at the injustice but timing is everything in God's economy. Jesus was actually perfect in his politics and yet he had a greater goal that was part of the bigger picture – sacrificing his life so the world could live like never before.
There is only one true giver of life. Only one who sets people free from the inside out. We can't vote for him but we can surrender to him. No matter how right we may feel or even be, we simply can't let our passion for the grace of Jesus to be clouded by our absence of honesty and objectivity. The righteous don't live by partisanship, anger, or rage..."the righteous live by faith" (Habakkuk 2:4).