The Politics of Polarization

I suppose we’ve been in situations like this before, but these last months have seemed to be a never ending stream of self righteous proclamations.   Right verses Left,   Republican verses Democrats.  There has been   little room for honest discussion.   How can we begin to understand one another when we are constantly talking at, but never listening to one another?

The era of the anonymous blog  in national newspapers allows us to hide behind our words,  without acknowledging who we are.  Would we say the same things if we were sitting across from each other in a restaurant or next to each other in church?

Does respect end when we can no longer see the other and they cannot see us?   How does that fit into a Christian world view?    You know that stuff Jesus talked about, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  “Pray for your enemies.”  “Go the extra mile.”

Wouldn’t our world be better if we as Christian people took our core Christian values with us when we leave our churches?


About Shirley Hobson Duncanson

Rev. Shirley Duncanson is a United Methodist Pastor. She is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Metro State University in Minnesota and Cleveland High School, in Cleveland MN where she grew up on a small fishing resort. Retired in 2013, she has served churches in Owatonna, Fairfax, Morton, Winona, Homer, Mounds View and most recently Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Bloomington, all in Minnesota. Shirley currently is a volunteer pastor at a nearby church. She is the mother of seven and grandmother of seven. Shirley enjoys photography, theological discussions, political discourse, book studies and reading.
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