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  1. You are absolutely correct. Partisan politics has become an idol. Labels indicating adherence to certain beliefs can never serve as a full and humane identity. When they become focused on maximizing division I doubt they can even produce solutions to the problems our public policies must address. For this reason I’ve chosen to ignore the two party system of mutual reaction and recrimination as much as possible. It is a cesspool of moral, intellectual and spiritual toxins. Regrettably among Christians and in churches there is sometimes even less respite from this.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Greg. I definitely sympathize with your perspective; I too am frustrated by current state of American politics. My perception: it’s a constant shouting from the far wings of the two major parties with very few real attempts to meet in the middle. I wonder if there are real alternatives to our two-party system that could be a better way? And whether Christians could really lead a third way, of reconciliation and peacemaking between the two extremes?

  2. Thanks, Dave! This moderate agrees with you. My social studies methods class is exploring how to teach citizenship to K-8 students. The abilities to listen, discuss, and compromise are crucial characteristics of citizens living together in a sinful world. The partisan shouting matches from the wings doesn’t accomplish this. I fear that it can also kill the witness of the Church when people see these behaviors and want to avoid the fellowship rather than join it.

    1. Thanks for the affirmation, Ed. And I’m so glad you take on this issue with your social studies methods students. We need to model this kind of behavior for our students (and for all our children, really.) This calls to mind the many times over my years teaching middle schoolers–in Christian schools!–when my students would say audacious things about some political figure. And I knew that they were simply parroting things they’ve heard other places: family members, perhaps church leaders, perhaps their teachers? Scary thought…the kids are always watching, always listening, and they absorb so much of what we model.

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