We walked into the taqueria, hungry and tired from a day of travel. We sat down at the table, thrilled to finally be together and put some food in our bellies. We ordered some appetizers, but the restaurant was out of most of the listed options. We ordered beverages,...
The truth is that Toxic Polarization feeds on our behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. We could end it tomorrow if we chose to.
We would have to intentionally choose to be more curious, to learn more, to experience other people’s lives, to talk less (and smile more!), to put down our phones, to pick up a shovel or a paintbrush, and to get to work serving others and to stop treating politics like a sport that we’re trying to win and instead, start treating our neighbors like human beings who deserve dignity and respect.
We change the world by how we act in the world. How we are, how we live, how we serve. None of us live up to those ideals all the time. I sure don’t. I don’t need enemies – I am my own worst enemy most of the time. The truth is that Toxic Polarization feeds on our behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. We could end it tomorrow if we chose to.
Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work—together—on the challenges facing our communities and our country. There’s so much to do. If we’re going to talk about it, let’s talk in a way that moves us toward getting to work.
“We call on Christian leaders to do more than just denounce what they don’t like. We need more than thoughts and prayers or deafening silence to deal with the pervasiveness of racism. We cannot look away and expect change. Our congregations and communities need intentional, active guidance to address systemic racism.”