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Q:

My office has become a very unpleasant place because almost everyone in it has a very strong opinion about the political candidates, and they argue about politics all the time. It's created a lot of tension between people who used to be friends, and as a Christian, I hate this. Why can't people just keep their political opinions to themselves?


A:

This is unfortunate—and I can’t help but wonder why your manager or supervisor tolerates this kind of disruption. A tension-filled workplace will never be as productive as a harmonious one, no matter what the cause is.

In the meantime, do what you can to bring peace to your office. No doubt you have your own opinions about political matters, and discussion is important in our political system. But if it’s only going to cause conflict to discuss politics in your office, then it’s best to keep your views to yourself. The Bible reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).

But beyond this, seek to be friendly with everyone in your office, and reach out especially to people who’ve been caught up in this. A gentle word about your concern could have a great effect; some of them may not even realize what has happened because of their enthusiasm. The Bible says, “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:18).

Most of all, pray for those around you, and ask God to help you be an example to them of Christ’s love and peace. The things of this world will fade, but Christ’s love will last forever.

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18 Comments

  1. Kimberly Harnish says:

    Thank you ! I appreciate your guidance!

  2. Rita Barnes says:

    Thankful for GOD’s wisdom. Christ’s love is the answer.

  3. Suzette Sandifur says:

    My vote in this election was based on words that supported the word of God. Thanks to the BGEA ministry for encouraging prayer in all states. God bless you and all Those working for the Lord in BGEA ministry. And God bless America!

  4. Lupe Gonzales says:

    My friends and I had a lengthy discussion regarding politics and I just asked them what their answer will be to our God when we stand before Him regarding enabling more babies to be aborted and some aborted and then killed…because that day will come. If life is not important to that politician, then what does everything else matter?

  5. Twila F. Hughes says:

    I don’t agree that it is best to keep siltent. Part of our problem in this country is the silent majority, including Christians who have sucked it up and kept quiet far too long. These dissenting people are bullies and best way to deal with a bully is with strength. But not in your face, but think of ways to try to understand them but to be able to get them to listen to your side.

  6. Gipsie Rodrigues says:

    Thank you for these reminders. I especially needed them in talking with my adult children who are so upset that Trump won.

  7. Rose Ann Posch says:

    The present state of the country is very disheartening. In all my 80 years I never seen so much hatred and animosity. The election is over and we have a new president who must be given a chance to improve that he can make the United States a better place to live and function. It is for the betterment of all mankind not only in this country but in the rest of the world. I feel, at times, that God is testing us and giving us an opportunity to once again unite with him. Either we do this or we will sink further in the abyss of want the devil is trying to do. He is thriving in this hatred and derisivness.and we are falling for it. We must look to the Ten Commandants and follow them as God set them down for us.,Please God help our nation.

  8. Maria De Jesus says:

    Thank you for preaching God’s true word for today! Blessings to you both and the Ministry Amen!