I have a friend on Face Book who is polar opposite of me on politics. But as Christians our priorities are higher than politics.
A few weeks ago his grandson went missing. The family’s pain resonated deep in me. I understood the terrifying fear, the guarded hope and most of all the uncertainty.
When I was a junior in high school my sister disappeared. It was over thirty years before we learned her fate. The desire for answers never left.
My friend did not have to wait long before the uncertainty and hope were over. His grandson’s body was soon found. The family may have some answers but new questions have taken their place.
The pain I shared with my friend erased our differences for the moment. Neither of us changed politically but we were reminded that as humans we share a common foundation. Ephesians 4:29 reminds us “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
God is showing me that even in politics the words from my mouth need to be wholesome, not tearing down those I disagree with; for, like my friend, their needs may be great.
Do you present a different attitude for religious discussions than you do for political? Why?