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Civility Is Vital to a Healthy Democracy

Civility Is Vital to a Healthy Democracy

Yesterday I made the claim that civility is vital to a healthy democracy and an attribute that should especially be evident among Christians. I want to expand on that claim today by giving attention to those who disagree.

The Unravelling of Public Discourse in Evangelical Christianity

The Unravelling of Public Discourse in Evangelical Christianity

What should be the Christian witness to a watching world when we are addressing serious issues? Here are four strategies:

'Let's Go Brandon' Undermines Everything Conservatives Stand For

'Let's Go Brandon' Undermines Everything Conservatives Stand For

We live in serious times. Many Americans are paying more money for groceries than they were two months ago. The national debt has reached an alarming level, and the current Administration wants to spend a lot more. Over 750,000 people have died in the Coronavirus pandemic. I harbor no illusions that we are going to hear a modern version of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but we need leaders who will raise the level of debate far above name-calling. It's time for the adults in the Conservative movement to step to the front of the room and lead. 

One Reason the Polls Were Wrong: Why the Answer Is So Significant for Our National Future

One Reason the Polls Were Wrong: Why the Answer Is So Significant for Our National Future

According to a recent survey, 62 percent of Americans say they are afraid to share their political views with others. Clearly, we have crossed a dangerous line of essential civility.

The Results of the Election: How to Preserve the Health of Our Democracy

The Results of the Election: How to Preserve the Health of Our Democracy

While we wait for the results of the 2020 election, here’s what we do know: the health of our democracy depends on how we relate to each other once the election is over.

A Coffee Shop Promotes Reconciliation and Chuck Colson Explains How Abortion Will End

A Coffee Shop Promotes Reconciliation and Chuck Colson Explains How Abortion Will End

Yesterday, we focused on our need for transformational peace with God and with each other.

Today, let’s identify some practical ways to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15) as we “strive for peace with everyone” (Hebrews 12:14).

How Neighbors with Conflicting Political Views Stayed Friends

How Neighbors with Conflicting Political Views Stayed Friends

In a country where 93 percent of us say civility is a problem, a new story in the Wall Street Journal is welcomed news. We meet the Gates family, who are lifelong Republicans, and the Mitchells, who are lifelong Democrats. The two families are next-door neighbors in suburban Pittsburgh. The Gates home displays a Trump yard sign; the Mitchell home displays a Biden sign.

But next to each there is another sign which says, “WE [HEART] THEM” with an arrow pointing to the other family’s home and “One Nation” inside the heart drawing.

How President Trump's Critics Have Responded to His Illness: Three Sources of Incivility and Three Invitations for Christians

How President Trump's Critics Have Responded to His Illness: Three Sources of Incivility and Three Invitations for Christians

As children of the God who is love (1 John 4:8), we should be a model of civility in a divisive day. The good news is that the faith we follow holds the answer to all three sources of such divisiveness.

No Lord of the Flies Scenario with These Christian Boys

No Lord of the Flies Scenario with These Christian Boys

I’m convinced that the best opening line in history is by C. S. Lewis’s in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” In selfish, snotty-nosed Eustace, Lewis personified how malforming and narcissistic, in both habit and pedagogy, education can be, especially when it encourages students to “look inside,” “express themselves,” and “be whoever they want to be.”