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How to Have Grace-Filled Conversations over the Holidays despite Opposing Political Opinions

Scott Slayton-Opinion : Nov 28, 2019  Christian Headlines

...The first question we must ask is whether what we want to say should be said at all. This can be difficult in a culture that encourages us to give full vent to our feelings without any consideration to how they might affect other people. However, for followers of Jesus, we must consider whether our words are necessary in the moment...

[] In the summer of 2017, Harper's Bazaar ran an article with the blunt title "If You are Married to a Trump Supporter, Divorce Them." The author, Jennifer Wright, reasoned, "Supporting Trump at this point does not indicate a difference of opinions. It indicates a difference of values." She continued, "Values are not like hobbies or interests. They don't change over time, and they more or less define who you are." (Image: Pexels-Fauxels)

Wright's article, while offering terrible advice, gets to the heart of an issue that many people are dealing with. The political and social rancor of the last few years has divided marriages, friendships, and families. In 2018, The Intelligencer reported that over one-third of 1,000 people reported in a survey that they had cut ties with a friend or family member over politics. The old adage "don't discuss politics or religion" has evaporated, as it seems that politics is the only thing we talk about anymore. Only, we don't talk to each other about it. Instead we talk at each other, throwing out barbs on social media... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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