I realized this week how much time I’m giving to thinking about the current political reporting and debates and tweets and punditry, including making time to write my own analysis of the Trump and Hilary part of the show. Politics interests me and I have strong opinions (a family characteristic passed down from my Granddad Kiser on my mom’s side) so I feel the need to join in and add something valuable to the discussion. My medium of choice for adding commentary was Facebook, but a few weeks ago I deleted my account. The back and forth of post – comment – reply – counter-comment, etc doesn’t work for me. Facebook posts are too short and not formal enough to be conducive to presenting well thought out ideas, and comments, replies and counter-comments for the most part are reactive and lacking thought, and well, not nice. I am decidedly impatient with anything I consider to be ignorant and I write things with an edge intended to inflame and/or cut rather than instruct or persuade. Switching to Twitter as a medium of adding to the commentary hasn’t been much help. Although the limited format forces me to think hard about what I want to say it’s pretty hard to stay away from snarky, cutting words in my Tweets and replies to Tweets. Since my native language from birth is Sarcasm (everyone in my family is fluent) I feel right at home jumping into a thread of “burned you” and “I burned you back.” The trouble with this is that my heart doesn’t end up feeling great after I fire off ten or so pithy, snarky Tweets. I find myself delighting in the amount of favorites and retweets with a well shaped shot in someones twitter feed. And that delight decays into a selfish dark slushy bitter taste in my heart until I jump into the next snarky stream. So I’ve decided to move the Twitter feed into better places. To add light to the feed with godly comments and commentary and proverbs. I think this is my part. But I also feel I should contribute to the political discourse of my time. This seems to me to be in the tradition of the gospel and clergymen. Worldviews have consequences and Christians, especially Christian leaders must not disengage from the line where the gospel intersects politics, public policy, and the culture. I feel like Eric Liddell in Chariots of fire:
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
I believe God made me thoughtful. When I think and analyze and write, I feel His pleasure. I also remember the words of C.S. Lewis at the beginning of Mere Christianity where he explained why he choose to write on the subject of basic Christian apologetics rather than wade into doctrinal debates:
That part of the line where I thought I could serve best was also the part that seemed to be thinnest. And to it I naturally went.
As I look upon the state of punditry it seems to me the left and the right the liberal and the conservative positions are thoroughly covered. It also seems many Christians are creating content and publishing opinions from their perspectives; some more overtly Christian than others; some like Bono and some like Casting Crowns; Christians who make commentary and Christians who make Christian commentary. But the line seems thin where I most naturally feel at home and that is the news story of the day and how it relates to the news story of our race in light of the most significant event in human history; the gospel, the Good News. I am a Gospel commentator on my times and culture. Trump is popular. How does that relate to the gospel? Hillary is accused of lying about email. What would we do with/for her if we believed the gospel? This is where I am at home and my heart is at rest. This seeks to bring light to the eyes of my race and glory to a name that deserves it. I sat down to write the book I am working on right now but ended up writing this. It is something I need to publish so I’ve put it in the light and open to examination by others. I need this kind of accountability and transparency. This is also why I am choosing to write here on my site under my own name where I must take responsibility for my words and I have as much room as I need to think and to express. I am a man of God and I work for Jesus. I seek to write in a way that pleases him and helps others to know and to love him. I believe in Jesus. This is why I write.