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Disagreement Not Polarization
Disagreement Not Polarization

The United States is experiencing another “election” year and I have been concerned about my harsh attitude (words and thoughts) toward people on the “other side.” Really anyone who disagrees with “my side” and “our positions.” To be honest, I was beginning to do more than just disagree with these fellow citizens. I was beginning to see them as inferior, or worse, as a kind of enemy. I discovered in a number of ways (through prayer and preaching mostly) that I must be conscious about this tendency. I must refuse to think less of people or candidates who disagree with me. This is polarization. Respectful disagreement is fine but polarization is not. It is unrighteous and unbecoming of a Christ-follower. I think God spoke very clearly to me on this: it is okay to care about political issues and disagree with others, just don’t let it get in the way of your love for me (God) and others. I must at all times remain capable of bringing reconciliation to people in a world that desperately needs it. In fact, I must somehow love those who disagree with me. I recall that Jesus had much to disagree with about my life before I came to receive his offer of forgiveness. Can I extend forgiveness to others as Christ did to me?

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