June 30, 2015

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

2014 study by the Pew Research Center, reports, “. . . Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they have been in at least two decades.”

Based on my own experience, I believe Americans are definitely more polarized than we were fifty years ago, and unfortunately, dissenting views have often resulted in derision, contempt, disdain and even violence.

“Why can’t we all just get along?” Those are the words of Rodney King, who became well known after he was beaten by Los Angeles police in 1992.  

Psychologists suggest it is because we are emotional creatures, and we often respond to differences of opinion impulsively, imprudently and irrationally.

Jesus gave us a commandment we should follow when speaking with those whose views are at odds with ours. He said we must love one another as he loved us. Jesus’ commandment requires that we treat those with opposing views in a spirit of good will, kindness, respect.   

The Bluff Point United Methodist Church where Nancy and I worship is an example of a place where people with diverse views come together in a spirit of love and respect for each other.

If you haven’t discovered a place like Bluff Point, keep looking. There are churches like it all over the world.