Most of us have heard and seen reports of the tragic shooting of a Republican congressman, and the wounding of others. This took place on a community ball field, where the congressmen were practicing. They were getting ready for a traditional ball game between Republican and Democratic members of Congress. It was to be a friendly game, free of the rancor and spite that seems to have taken hold of the halls on Capital Hill. The Speaker, addressing a session of the House of Representatives, declared an attack on one member, is an attack on all members of the House.
I would go further, a violent attack against a member of Congress, is also an attack against us all; whom he or she represents. The superheated rhetoric in our politics today. The lack of civil discourse and the lack of give and take; threatens the fabric of our civil society.
We Christians need to both go through a conversion of manners and be an example to others. A conversion because we need to admit that we, in our speech and actions, may have contributed to the heat. We then must show to others what it means to love one another; recognize the other as brother and sister in Christ.