Posted by: Michelle Knoll | June 15, 2017

When We All Want to React

There’s been a post going around on Facebook about something supposedly from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, in which Uncle Screwtape tells Wormwood that he should make sure “the patient remains completely fixated on politics.” It’s getting shared because so many people are so frustrated with the insane amount of fixation on politics that’s swallowing up everyone’s time.

Well, the problem is, this post isn’t accurate. It’s close, but it’s not accurate at all. After doing a little research, I found that this “fixation on politics” post really needs to stop traveling through social media.

There’s a great article on a blog called “The Wardrobe Door” that explains what C.S. Lewis really did say in his writings concerning politics. You can read it here. Make sure you take the time to read it all. I found it extremely enlightening.

Now, let’s talk for just a minute about the reacting that’s going on. I’m addressing my Christian readers/friends for the moment, but the rest of you can follow along.

I understand. The world drives you crazy. Sometimes you just want to SCREAM because of all the insanity going on. Sometimes you feel as if the world went to sleep and then suddenly woke up in another galaxy, where things are backward from what they are supposed to be, and green is red and yellow is black and no one means what they say and night and day have been swapped. I get it. I understand. The world is acting stupid, and you’re getting tired of it. Totally get that. It’s frustrated you to the point of anger, and you just can’t hold it in.

Or, can you?

Ask yourself one question: do you really have to react?

What if you didn’t say anything? What if you didn’t make a comment on someone’s Facebook political post? What if you didn’t like someone’s emotionally charged partisan post? Or like someone’s tweet? What if you didn’t share?

What would happen if you just… walked away?

If you just walked away from the computer, or figuratively walked away by closing Facebook and doing something else with your computer, what would happen then? Would the world stop turning? Would the room suddenly explode? I mean, seriously! Would your life come to a screeching halt if you just didn’t react to something you read or heard or saw?

Or — oh my gosh, hold on to your seats — what if you PRAYED when you saw something politically charged!? What if you turned to the Lord of Hosts and talked to HIM about what you just read/heard/saw instead of joining in the ranting/posting/opinion sharing?

And I’m not talking about praying with a “Oh God, get ’em! Give ’em what for!” attitude. But heartfelt prayer, prayer that comes from a humble heart, a heart that knows it’s not better than anyone else, a heart that realizes God is bigger than all these insane problems in the world, a heart that realizes that IT’S NOT GOD, and it doesn’t have ALL the answers.

What if we all prayed instead of reacting?

Okay, Christian readers/friends, I’m opening up this post for conversation. I really want to know what you think. Does prayer help? Can we affect change in this world with prayer? Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear what you think.

 

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