For LeadersIf you would like some tips on how to navigate discussions about politics, check out this document: How Small Groups Can Be  A  Safe Place For Politics

As a reminder, this was the content we discussed at our spring huddles. Several of Priya Parker’s tips on ‘Creating Transformative Gathering’s’ might be helpful for today’s conversation.  If you have a few minutes before your group meeting, it might be good to remind yourself of what she had to say!

Our political views are shaped by a number of variables: our backgrounds, education, and personal experiences to name a few. It’s easy to feel like our view is the right one, but the person beside you is more precious to God than your political view.

Start Talking

  • When you’re with family, do you discuss politics or avoid it? Would you like that to change one way or the other? Why?
  • In the message, Andy asked the question,  “Are we willing to put our faith filter ahead of our political filter?” Did this question bring up any surprising feelings in you?
  • Do you agree with Andy that “it is foolish for us to be divided over politics, because we are supposed to be kingdom people first, and political people second”? If yes, how does this play out practically for you?

Look It Up

Read Galatians 6:2, where Paul summarizes how we can practically fulfill the law of Christ.

  • What stands out to you?
  • How can we all follow the law of Christ but still disagree politically?
  • What does it look like for you to allow the Law of Christ to inform our consciences?
  • Do you generally trust that someone who votes differently then you has an informed conscience?

Read 1 Corinthians 9:19–23, where Paul talks about his method of influence.

  • What stands out to you?
  • How would you rate yourself in trying to empathize with and understand someone else’s mindset?
  • Why is this (Paul’s method) a good method of influence?

What Now?

  • Many times our cultural contexts determine our political perspectives. As Rufus Miles said, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” How does that thought resonate with you? Do you really feel you would think different politically if you had a different set of past and current experiences?
  • Some ways to move forward when it comes to navigating politics in our relationships:
    • Listen to people who don’t experience the world the way you do.
    • Learn from others by being a student instead of a critic.
    • Love people enough to not burn a relational bridge over a political view.
  • Which of the three things listed above do you need to focus on in this political season?