On Not Bracketing the Essentials during Our Moral Battles

September 21, 2011

By Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

Today, both within society and the churches, we are finding it ever more difficult to resolve our differences because our conversations are shot through with noncivility, name-calling, character-assassination, and disrespect.  What’s particularly worrying is that we are doing this in the name of truth, cause, the gospel, and Jesus. We are giving ourselves permission to hate, demonize and disrespect each other in God’s name. Our cause seems so important to us that, consciously or unconsciously, we give ourselves permission to bracket some of the essentials of Christian charity, namely, respect, graciousness, love and forgiveness. This is wrong.

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