Our world, if we pay attention to the media, is full of conversation. Sometimes this conversation can be toxic in tone and content. While it is tempting to point fingers and blame others, the greatest service we can provide the world around us is not to engage in this conversation and simply focus our attention on loving well. In doing this, we humbly submit our grievances to the only one who can truly affect change. Philipians 4:8 instructs us:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
The Lord expressed to me several months back, to “stay above the conversation”. After questioning Him about this instruction, the Lord made it clear to me that my value comes not from my ability to win an argument or convince a skeptic, but rather from my status as a son of God. My protection comes from abiding in Him daily, knowing anyone who attempts to pick a fight will be picking a fight first with the creator of the universe.
If we quietly go about our business, ignore the rhetoric, maintain emotional composure and preserve our ability to love well, we display a kind of leadership that the world thirsts for–a leadership that points to Christ.