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.
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).
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.
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.”