Only Two Kinds of People?

“There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: people who are intolerant of other people’s cultures, and the Dutch.” – Nigel Powers

There are only two kinds of people in America today.

There are Democrats/Liberals who incite mob violence when they don’t get their way, advocate for policies that will destroy the economy, hate America, long to rob the rich to give to the poor, desire massive government oversight of every aspect of our lives, hate the police, believe that anyone and everyone should be allowed to enter the U.S. without due process and spread fake news.

And there are Republicans/Conservatives who are all bigots, hate people from other cultures, are homophobic, watch only Fox News, worship everything President Trump does and says, send pipe bombs to people they disagree with, care only about the wealthy, don’t care about the environment, ignore all scientific evidence, and spread fake news.

At least that’s what my social media feed says.

It’s as if we have become a nation of people willing to settle for caricatures of those with whom we disagree.

If we want to see the ugly divisiveness of this nation diminished, we might start by being careful with our words and assumptions about those who see things differently than we do. Check your social media posts. Become more self-aware of the stories you tell yourself about “those people”. Question anything that seeks to make a group of people one-dimensional (I did that in last week’s blog. Busted!). Let’s stop feeding the beast that is tearing at the heart of society.

We might discover that some Democrats/Liberals believe in secure borders, and some Republicans/Conservatives care deeply about the needs of the poor. Heck, we might just discover that we have more in common than we imagined.

Stand for what you believe to be true, but do it without caricaturizing and demonizing those who see it differently. Here are words worth living by in these contentious times:

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. – Colossians 3:12-17

Want to read a different, positive take on divisiveness? Check out this article.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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