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Put A Face On Them

We all know how divided our world is. Not surprising for anyone.
But how to navigate this context does seem foreign for most.
I have many thoughts on this, but here I will issue one in hope of providing help for someone.

For now I will simply say this: put a face on the person.

It is so easy to talk about people that hold a different position than you do as some sort of "category." But these are real human beings we are talking about. People who have a history that informs and shapes their views - just like you and me. These are people who are created in the image of God and loved deeply - regardless of belief or creed - and therefore have dignity and deserve respect.

It's funny. The people that tend to criticize others over an issue tend to be those who don't have a loving relationship with someone holding the view being criticized. This means there is no empathy. It means the practice of listening is almost impossible. With no relational contact the argument is at best ambiguous, or at worst, cold and divisive.

Bottom line is failure to put a face on the people you are speaking against, simply allows you to avoid responsibility for the words you issue. And, well, that isn't helpful for anyone.


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