Any man or woman in the world paying attention to what's going on for the past week should be fully aware of the passing of GOP Senator John McCain. Quickly, upon public announcement, people took to social media to express themselves on this matter. There are three groups which are prevalent: those who adored him, those who abhorred him and those who flatter him.
I fall in in the second category, and not because I abhorred the man, but everything he did - his actions and his mouth. I was among the people who expressed a negative view of McCain immediately, mostly because I became annoyed by all the posting and fighting about him. I offended some Christians, and this is important as to why I immediately deleted the expression. It is not that what I said was wrong, but how and when I said it. The way anything would appear outside to others is very important when proclaiming to be Christian.
The third group will not be addressed in this article - which in itself has two subcategories, the rightist and the leftist. Instead, the focus is upon the Christian and the Conservative, which both are vastly different, but nearly the same.
Proverbs 24:17-18 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the Lord will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.
Though we may be right about what we are saying, hence the paradox, we have to do our best to not appear as if we are glad that he has suffered pain and died. This is especially important if he died unsaved. This is where Christians are to be different from the Conservatives who have been laughing about the man's departure. The mockery and celebration, the name calling and the memes which Conservatives have posted cause them to look like the leftist opposition. As Christians we are called to be different. We can not appear like them, even if we are right about the statements. There is a way to criticize actions without celebrating the demise. What if our celebration is visited upon us where we lose and have terrible things turned upon us for our gloating indiscretions? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, right?
Romans 12:19-21 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head."
The Conservative for this amount of time has long awaited for McCain to take his leave one way or another, especially since the Trump election. Perhaps, so has the Christian. So upon his death, to take upon public platforms and rejoice in tasteless jokes and names is a form of revenge. This is not to be expected of a Christian. As we have sat through the funeral trolly of this last week, the hearts and minds of enemies have been greatly revealed against them. They have lost more credibility. This, to me, is a form of Godly revenge. They have been given to their reprobate minds and dark hearts. Christians are to not do so. We must be different. We can criticize when warranted, but do so honorably and with kindness. This lumps the coals upon their heads, because we were only kinder to them when we didn't have to be.
The whole purpose here is to reach not just the Christians who are called to be holy and to be sanctified, but to reach the Conservatives angrily spewing about the social media. I am not without blame for how I might act in all of this, especially after the shameful display this week by the third group. There is much to be addressed. Soon, I will do so. Coming later I will deliver to you the remaining of what must be learned here.