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Keep discourse civil during election season

Stop it. Everyone who is saying degrading things about people of the opposite political bent. Cut it out. Just because you don’t agree with someone, doesn’t give you a right to hurl provocative insults at them. I don’t care how angry you are. When you stoop to that level, words cease to say anything about the person being described and reflects on the one saying them.

Sorry for the rant, but I’m fed up with what this election cycle is doing to people. I try not to get into political arguments as a rule and do my best to remain respectful of all viewpoints but was drawn into an exchange on social media the other day about the words we are choosing right now. While I’m a firm believer that no one ever wins an internet argument, there was something about this thread of commentary that got under my skin and I couldn’t leave it alone.

A national character had just done something viewed as outlandish by members of their opposing party and an acquaintance simply asked, “What’s one word you think when you hear [insert candidate’s name]?”

I was utterly appalled when I started looking at the vile, nasty, repulsive and vulgar words people were using to respond. Most were not suitable for print.

Broken-hearted over the meanness I saw, I typed out a response expressing my concern towards what I feel is a greater issue than national politics. There’s no doubt a lot is riding on this election for either major party, but when did we forget that old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?” What happened to human decency and moral integrity?

Remember when this is all over, we will still be neighbors and will still have to live with each other. In the end, we are responsible for our communities. The decorum we choose to display is part of the makeup of our communities, therefore it’s the responsibility of each individual to choose their words and deeds wisely as this has a major, lasting impact that is larger than any one person.

To my fellows in Christ, never forget your charge: We are ambassadors to this world. Our every action, word and deed is representative of a greater world than this one. No matter who is in the White House, we know who sits on the Throne of Heaven and it’s to Him we owe ultimate allegiance.

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