So often people say, “I don’t discuss politics or religion,” but it seems like we can’t help ourselves from discussing both. Here is why. Jesus said whatever is in your heart will come out of your mouth. In other words, whatever is important to you will be what you talk about. Now this creates a real dilemma for me. Since this statement is true, then the things we care about most deeply will also make for passion filled conversation. This is where my problem comes to bear. When I care so much and I’m passionate about something the way I express myself can go outside the boundaries of what is healthy conversation. I’ve been thinking about this recently because I keep finding myself wanting to jump in the political debate but I keep doing it in a way that isn’t good. My dad used to tell me when you are trying to sell something you never put down a competitor. You simply highlight what makes your product better. Maybe some good advise there. Maybe some guidelines to healthy conversation would help. I can’t control anyone else conversation but I can work on controlling my own, which will be a big enough task. How about these guidelines for starters: 1. Do some soul-searching why you are so passionate about the topic. Is it something you researched and truly believe? Or is it just a hand me down belief and you aren’t really even sure why you hold the position? 2. Stick to the principle or concept under discussion and don’t allow yourself to move over into name calling or attacking the person who holds a differing view. 3. Don’t be willing to destroy a friendship or relationship over your differences. Always do your part to respect the other person in the conversation though you may disagree strongly with their position. 4. No gloating if your candidate wins. No whining if your candidate loses.
So, because I care deeply about both topics, I will not say I won’t discuss either but I will do my best to follow my own guidelines here. If I can just do this up to and after the election my life and those around me will be better.