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-Christian Leaders sign a “A Covenant for Civility”

by Dr. D ~ March 27th, 2010

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Over 100 Christian leaders from a variety of theological and political backgrounds have signed on to a “A Covenant for Civility: Come Let Us Reason Together.”

The leaders were sensing that the American people were far too divided over the recent political discussions on healthcare issues and un-civility had taken over the conversation to a degree where folks no longer even listened to the other side of an issue.

These Christian leaders pledge to try to and create safe and sacred spaces for prayer and community discussion in their churches which all too often reflect the same the political divisions that plague our culture rather than the unity we have in the body of Christ:

“The church in the United States can offer a message of hope and reconciliation to a nation that is deeply divided by political and cultural differences.”

The signers pledge to God and to each other to:

“lead by example in a country where civil discourse seems to have broken down.”

The signers include:

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Chuck Colson, founder of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview; Paul Fleishman, president of the National Network of Youth Ministries; David Neff, executive editor of Christianity Today; Jim Wallis, president & CEO of Sojourners; and George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

Response: Some of our political leaders on both sides have fanned the flames of controversy and have used innuendo, half-truths, and down right lies to radically divide the people. I have never seen such divisions in my lifetime where it is not enough to just disagree but one seems to need to demonize the opposition and where ‘the politics of personal destruction’ seem to hold sway. A time when ‘the truth’ doesn’t seem to appeal to our politicians and media if it lies with the ‘other’ side and the ends seem to justify the worse of means in the eyes of many.

I am hoping that Christian leaders will be able to temper the conversation that is so important right now when the country is faced with so many problems and issues that need to be solved. It is time for cooler heads to prevail.               *Top

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