Scriptural value was a way of life in my parent’s home. I grew up hearing them discuss politics, but never heard them argue politics (or anything else for that matter).
I didn’t know until years after I left home; Dad was a democrat and Mom a republican. In 1996 my brother asked Dad if he was going to switch parties to vote for him in the republican primary for Sheriff. I said, “Dad is a republican.” They looked at me like I had three heads. Everyone knew but me.
They valued all humanity; in the womb or in a union. Everything was measured first morally, then by other means. Sometimes, they voted for the same President (Carter and Reagan). Sometimes they voted different, but each President elected was their President and honored as such unless they failed. Both Kennedy and Nixon were failed leaders in their book.
Our nation is entering another political season. There are some good models for us from Mom & Dad. We can hold the high ground through this season and even model some things for those around us.
Don’t say, “If he gets elected, I’m moving to the moon.” No, you won’t. I would rather live next to democrats (policies of which I do not normally agree with) in America than anywhere else in the world next to republicans (whose policies I would normally agree with).
It’s not that we should be weak on policy, in fact we should be passionate on policy. But challenge statements without discrediting the statesman. Few people are as good as hype makes them out to be; fewer still are as bad. Good people have awful ideas and vice versa. Tired of being a nation divided? Fix that in the 36” diameter around your own lips.
Develop good friendships with those on the other end of the spectrum from yourself. If Biden stickers send you into road rage, you need some good liberal friends. If red Maga hats do that, you need some good conservative friends.
Think About it
Be solid in your moral views while at the same time being thick-skinned.
Be passionate on policy, but not at the cost of disregarding those who see it differently.
Work well with others as you focus on our task at hand; protecting people and getting better at it every day. Don’t get pulled off focus.
You just might defuse some things without even knowing you did.