I tend to not delve into politics too often in my writing. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I do write about politics… it’s just that I don’t really feel comfortable commenting on current events too often. There are plenty of think pieces (and far too many hit pieces) already being written from every point of view. The few offering thoughtful commentary, I would highly recommend.1 Most I would encourage you to read literally anything else, because it would be more beneficial.2
I have opinions about politics, including American politics. I occasionally share those opinions. But usually, I prefer to keep my mouth shut. Why? It generally comes down to one thing. A proverb, in fact. “A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions” (Proverbs 18:2, CSB).
Most of the time, I don’t feel like I understand situations well enough to write about them. And truthfully, I really don’t feel like I can trust media outlets enough to provide me with the balanced reporting necessary to allow me to understand. Because virtually everything is hyper-sensationalized—and I do believe many across the political spectrum are guilty of this3—little of it is useful. So rather than perpetuate foolishness, I want to be quiet… at least until I have enough information to form a well-rounded opinion.
This goes beyond politics, of course. Increasingly, we’re all being put in a position where we should be ready with a hot-take or response to whatever we don’t like or disagree with (even if it’s not worth responding to). There’s an enormous pressure to speak up, resist, take a stand, or whatever, and stuff. And although we all probably know, it bears repeating: you and I don’t have to comment about anything we don’t want to, or we feel ill-equipped to talk about. Rushing in with literary guns blazing, and pontificating on a shaky foundation isn’t brave or compassionate. It’s foolishness. So when you’re tempted, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath, turn off Twitter for a while, and pray for wisdom.