Why you should annoy people with your politics

I’ve noticed a few slightly derisive comments on social media about people turning of friends’ feed until after elections, or requests for people to abstain from politics in their networking.

Politics — like religion — cannot be believed indifferently. Decisions about death penalty, abortion, and personal/national money are too closely interwoven into our identity for apathy. (Money is interwoven but Jesus insists we are not to worship it.)

Generally, I just surround myself with people who believe the same as me regarding food, money, politics and faith — but it is okay for us to step out of our churchyards. (Even if it isn’t called a churchyard, both conservatives/liberals, religious/non-religious do the same thing: stay near people with identical mindsets to validate personal beliefs.)

The reason you should offend and be offended (with Christ-like grace) is because there is no value in a belief untested. If your ideas cannot come through argument, insults and rebuffs — how can you believe them?

Cults do an exceptional job of keeping people from questions and challenge. Some cults even have followers convinced an internal doubt will prevent not only the doubter — but their entire family from knowing glory. Talk about fear. But if He really is God — couldn’t He can handle the most thorough scrutiny?

And if we believe our politics are sound, they should be held to the light of argument and occasionally ridiculed. Beliefs that can come through that will even withstand someone’s annoying cartoon.