Thursday, March 25, 2010

Civility

Our conversations should be more civil. It should be filled with more kindness, not judgment. When we disagree on an issue, should we resort to name calling? Do you teach your children that? The rhetoric in our country has been worse than it is now. I grew up in a time of what has been called the politics of personal destruction. That means that when you disagree on an issue that you don't just debate and discuss, no you do everything you can to destroy that person. You go after their past, their family and every little word they have uttered or written in their entire life. Not only that, they will then look at who you associate with and if they said anything that is out of bounds, it is as if you said it. Also, they look at your professors and the books you read. Yikes.
For me, I choose to not engage in that kind of destruction or speech. I'm a Christian.
1 Peter 4 says...
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.
I am all for debate, discussion and open conversation. It's when the discussion moves from issue to the person and their motives that scares me a bit.
We did learn in seminary that when reading a book we need to understand the authors motives and their personal situation to better understand the text.
I agree with that, it's always good to know where people are coming from, especially if we use that information to better understand them. My fear is, that information is sometimes brought to the light of day to scorn them. I am not advocating for one side or the other. I ask that you remember that all have fallen short. None are without sin. If you are a Christian, when you speak, please do so with grace and love. Let the words you speak be the words God would have you speak. And when you do speak, other will know where you have been, where you are and where you are going...at least they should.
Go in peace and go with God.

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