• In political arena, tolerance please

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  • Rev. Brian Morse
    To the editor:
    There is too much distrust and division in our community. It is not healthy. The election is over, but the distrust and bitterness remain.
    The fact that our community has diversity of views when it comes to politics and religion is a good thing. My impression, however, is that many are making the choice to view others as being “less patriotic,” “not a real Christian,” or “stupid.” (I acknowledge the dignity of other faiths. I’ve simply never heard someone from another faith make this claim.) Jesus tells us that to call somebody a fool is not exactly doing ourselves any favors (Matthew 5:22).
    I recently heard Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson state, “We need to take the walls that divide us and turn them into tables of conversation.” I agree with the bishop.
    Let me speak plainly. No elected official, special-interest group or corporation has the power to divide. Division, or unity, is dependent upon us. Pointing fingers is for children. It is time to put away childish ways. Why point fingers at others when the only person we can change is the one looking back at us from the mirror?
    Saint Paul himself tells us, “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18)
    Our community is filled with good people. Some of them are going to think differently than you and me. Let’s cut each other a little slack. Let’s look for the best in one another. God bless everyone.

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