Ad Hominem Arguments; Painting Opponents in Worst Light, i.e. Hypocrisy
If your opponent has a small misstep, slam him! If your guy has a large misstep, defend him or remain super quiet.
Did you know that some KJV-Only people go as far as to say that Westcott and Hort (British scholars who put together a new Greek text in the 1800s) were gay lovers?? Huh?!
I guess we believe one sin leads to another. If Obama supports gay rights, them he must be a Muslim, ya know since those two go together so well.
What Jesus says:
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Some stuff about planks and beams. Matthew 7:1-5
Love your enemies. Matthew 5:42-44
The Us v Them/Black and White Mentality; Divisiveness, Polarization
I don’t really have much to say about a 2-party versus a 3-party system. That’s irrelevant in my opinion. More parties will probably just lead to more division.
My people are fully right and you are fully wrong. But in reality, each president does some good and some bad and lots of things that we won’t know if it was good or bad for a few years.
Along with this is attacking people’s motives: If they believe differently then they must hate America, or the church, and want to destroy it. This really makes me sick when it happens in christian circles. Just because someone believes differently, or even wrongly, does not mean that they heart is wrong and they wish to intentionally destroy, lead astray, etc.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Rom 14:19
Fear and Slippery Slope Arguments; Hyperbole
“This is the most important election ever!!” Yeah, that sounds a lot like, “This week’s Bachelor/Grey’s Anatomy/Lost is the most shocking/dramatic ever!!!!!!!”
If the Republicans win, we will lose our freedoms! If the Democrats win, we will lose our freedoms!
If the Democrats win, Muslims and Gays will take over America!! If the Republicans win, we will become a theocracy!!
Reactionism on the part of Leaders
The necessity to act or speak. What if some issues will resolve themselves? What if any action is only going to make matters worse? Too bad. Doing nothing is the only sin. Even if that action will have terrible consequences. Even if patience is the wise course. Even if you know nothing can be done. You better act. Make a decision. Do something! Anything! Or your opponents will slam you.
I am sure there is more I could say, but this is enough for now.
Putting others’ interests/needs above mine, loving my enemies, honesty, and submitting to one another out of love have NO place in politics. Sadly, it seems too many Christians are willing to sacrifice these principles once entering that realm.
What do you dislike about politics or the political process?