In these tempestuous times with elections right around the corner, I would like to issue two proclamations pertaining to civil discourse and charitable debate. Before I unfurl the scroll however, I would like to state the obvious. On all matters important, there are always at least two opposing perspectives.
How do differing sides present their respective case? Through discourse and debate, naturally. However, will such communication between contrasting viewpoints on these and other critical, sometimes polarizing, issues ever be civil and charitable?
Proclamation number one. Civil discourse, seldom. Proclamation number two. Charitable debate, rarely. Moreover, I believe I know why. Our world is too secular. In general, we have not invited God to guide us in our conversations.
Does the nasty rhetoric in politics turn you off?