Just a quick thought . . .
We deepen division and obliterate even the possibility of relationship when we define those with whom we disagree according to the most extreme proponents and positions of their convictions. What if we stopped awfulizing religions (or lack thereof), political parties and perspectives, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, nationalities, etc. that are unlike our own, and instead gave those who are different than us, or who hold attitudes and opinions contrary to ours, the same empathetic hearing we desire for ourselves?
“We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light.”
– Martin Luther’s explanation of the 8th Commandment in The Small Catechism.
If only we could all agree to disagree. We all have differences, but we should try to see the other point of view, and the same should be said for our Christian beliefs. It seems like the whole world has so much hate. We need to replace that hate with love. We need to pray for our world.