Civility in the public square

A Doorway to Hospitality ?

“Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it! Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them.”   
Hebrews 13: 1 – 3 (The Message)

These days it seems as if there is a foul mood that has infected debate in the public square. Here in Canada, for example, questions for the Government receive responses that can be seen as attacks on the integrity of the person asking the question. This behaviour frequently results in a counter-attack by the questioner, and the cycle of verbal violence continues.

One example of this behaviour is the “debate” about Bill C-31, which has the short title of, “Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.”

Dialogue on this Bill seems to have been replaced by name-calling and the labeling of groups of people. There seems to be little recognition that, aside from aboriginal peoples, nearly all of the people who live in Canada have family trees rooted in other parts of God’s world. Most of us are either immigrants, or descendants of immigrants. We are all worthwhile individuals and children of God, not to be slammed for holding views that others find disagreeable.

My understanding of scripture, in the Christian path, is that all people are of sacred worth; all people matter to the God who loves us. Some may even be angels!

We can choose to treat each other with respect – as if they were angels!


Posted May 22, 2012 by allanbaker in Uncategorized

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