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Civility Calls

Just a word of praise for "The Cure for Election Madness" [January]. What a wonderful way to begin the year! I cannot imagine a more timely or relevant topic heading into this election year in our tumultuous and divisive American political climate. Amy Black's analysis of the current political scene's poisonous and polarizing discourse, exploration of constructive and Christlike ways to engage issues and candidates, and compelling call for both critical thinking and civility are most necessary and welcome. This is the best CT article I have read since becoming a subscriber.

Kudos to Amy E. Black for her insightful and challenging cover story. God calls Christians to stand up for our convictions that are rooted in his truths. But he also calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Those are not mutually exclusive exhortations.

Every human deserves dignity and respect; that's a point we as a pro-life community have made for decades. Unfortunately, we haven't always lived it out in our interactions with those who disagree with us. All of us—liberal or conservative—are more than the sum of our positions on policy issues. Let's look for points of mutual civility where they might be found, even if all we can do is say, "We're both created in God's image. That means we deserve each other's respect." We may not change each other's minds, but we don't have to call each other names. We can never become so consumed with winning a political battle that we lose sight of basic virtues like the Golden Rule. God expects—he demands—more than that.

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