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Unity in a Time of Discord

I cannot wait for tomorrow to be over. The media has done a good job of beating a dead horse to a bloody pulp and then running it over ad infinitum for good measure. 

Media: Le cheval est mort, vive le cheval! 
Me: No, Media! You leave that horse alone. *grabs hand wipes* Icky! Yucky! Don't touch! Here, let me wipe your hands.
Media: Vive le cheval! Ratings! Ratings! Ratings!
Me: Oy. Vey.

That horse is little more than a stain on the road at this point and I cannot wait for the road to be repaved (and it better be paved over soon considering the 23 cent per gallon tax hike in this state).

What I really want to focus on now is what we will do after the election. 

Do we continue a nation divided, hell-bent on talking down others who don't support every single point?
Do we continue defriending people on Facebook if they don't share our world view? 
Do we keep having shouting matches?

I propose we do none of these things. We should, instead, just pick up the pieces and rebuild. Let's use those pieces to build bridges. We build with civilized discourse instead of shouting matches. Let us practice patience and humility in our discourse. If you tend to lose your cool and if your discussions tend to turn into shouting matches, take a step back and consider how you can exchange ideas without the rancor. When it comes to heated topics, approach discussions with delicacy, mercy, and respect. You don't have to agree with your neighbor on an issue, but you can respect them enough to listen to what they have to say, especially if you don't agree with them.  Allowing them to make their point is not likely to convert you on the issue, but it will (hopefully) make it easier for them to actually listen to your point.

On the other hand, if you are more likely to avoid discussion altogether, try joining a discussion if you find yourself among friends or family. Don't bother with the Facebook arguments just yet (those get crazy pretty quickly, especially in election seasons). You don't have to convert the world. Ultimately, God is the one who allows hearts to be converted...not you. However, He can work through us, allowing us to take part in planting the seeds that may lead to unity, conversion, and many other fruits that will strengthen our bonds of family, community, friendship, etc. Be an instrument of peace. Don't be an instrument of conflict and disunity. We already have enough of those.

Pax Vobiscum

PS. Make sure to vote tomorrow.

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