Is It Okay to Slander in Politics?

Last week I was preaching on Romans 1:28-32.  The heart of the passage contains a list of traits that mark a depraved mind, a mind that has failed to think rightly.

One of the traits of a failed thinking is someone who slanders.  A slanderer uses whatever platform they have to tell stories that put another person in the worst possible light.

Since this is the season of politics,  I’ve noticed quite a  bit of slander going on among both Democrats and Republicans.  Various supporters of candidates have posted on Facebook stories that portray other politicians in the worst possible light.

If you are not a follower of Jesus, I suppose this behavior is okay for you, although I remember Ronald Reagan saying there was an 11th commandment:  “Though shalt not speak ill of thy fellow Republican.”

But if you are a follower of Jesus, I don’t think you honor Jesus when you slander your opponent by saying something you know isn’t true, or is only a half truth.  Now I know this isn’t easy in the era of a sound bite;  but what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world (or the presidency) and loses his soul?

I think Jesus followers need to be cautious about what they post on Facebook and Twitter about anyone.  Maybe we don’t like a certain politician, but that gives us no right to spread a lie.

Tell the truth about people.  Isn’t it better to deal in the truth than in a half-truth or a lie?

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