We live in a divided nation. Because of politics, even families and friends are being ripped apart. Since I am a Conservative Christian, I suppose I could blame Democrats, but it is really something deeper than that, something deeper than Trump Derangement Syndrome.
What we believe makes a difference. What is it that we believe that could rip apart families and friends? One of my favorite blogs had a post on this issue, Was It Worth It?? (insanitybytes2.wordpress.com). She commented rather disgustedly on a CNN article. Here is an excerpt.
Four or five years later I’m still trying to sweep up the mess, clear all the debree away, repair the damage. I don’t feel bad about trashing the whole place, I regret not doing it earlier and more often.
It turns out that friends who insist you deny who you are and change what you believe, aren’t “friends” at all. Those aren’t your people. It turns out that when family constantly threatens you with abandonment and rejection if you don’t comply and conform, they are the abusive ones, they are the ones with the issues.Was It Worth It?? (insanitybytes2.wordpress.com)
When I read the article insanitybytes22 was commenting on, I was bit surprised. I thought she was commenting on another blog, not an article in CNN. However, the mainstream media is so pervasive it is hard to avoid. Given where insanitybytes22 lives, Washington state, it probably impossible. So, even a lady with a sweet disposition is eventually going to get fed up with being called names by the hypocritical news media. Hence insanitybytes22 fired back with both barrels.
I am not a sweet lady. I just like examining problems, problems like the hypocritical news media. So, let’s consider this question.
What is Truth?
How does a Conservative Christian answer that question? Jesus gave us the answer.
The Conservative Christian believes God defines the Truth, that what God has told us is the Truth.
What is the Liberal’s notion about truth? Well, we can count upon a psychiatrist, Neel Burton, to tell us.
For some thinkers, something can only be true or false if it is open to verification, at least in theory if not also in practice. The truth of something lies at the end of our inquiry into that thing. But as our inquiry can have no end, the truth of something can never be more than our best opinion of that thing. If best opinion is all that we can have or hope for, then best opinion is as good as truth, and truth is a redundant concept. But—as I argue in my new book, Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking—best opinion is only best because, at least on average, it is closest to the truth, which, as well as instrumental value, has deep intrinsic value.What Is Truth? (psychologytoday.com)
Conservative Christians have an absolute answer. Liberals have human inquiry. Conservatives believe that to know the Truth we need to voluntarily turn to God. Liberals believe that inquiry is unending. As a practical matter, neither side argues that one person can just hand the Truth over to another. A Christian can lead another to Christ, but a Christian cannot make another believe in Christ. A Liberal can teach another, but no one can make another engage honestly in a search for the Truth. Even as Burton observed, we deceive ourselves.
So, why would we disown our families because of politics? Well, if our brother is ready to collect dissidents and drag them off to concentration camps, we may not have any other choice. Just voting for the other guy, however, does not necessarily make our brother a personal danger to us.
Is disowning people a good idea just for peace of mind? To avoid being nagged. Perhaps. Why would we want to remain in contact with people who do not share our beliefs?
- As Christians, we have an obligation to lead others to Jesus Christ. We do that by setting a proper example, not by hating or separating ourselves from other people. Jesus separated Himself from improper conduct, not from sinners. Otherwise, He would have never bothered to save us from our sins.
- According to their own views, to avoid self-deception Liberals must be open to ideas that differ from their own. When Liberals use every opportunity — especially the hypocritical Liberal Democrat news media — to demonize their political opponents, they show a greater concern for “winning” than they do the truth.
So, when it doesn’t even comport with what we supposedly believe, why do some of us insist upon disowning people whose politics differ from our own? What does it take to believe the worst about people we have known and supposedly loved? What does it take to demonize people we know, family and friends? Pride and fear both probably have something to do with it.
For what it is worth, here is an article by people who present themselves as experts, When Families Disagree About Politics (verywellfamily.com).
Articles on Families Torn By Politics
- For Families Torn Apart By Politics, The Election Results Won’t Change Anything (huffpost.com)
- ‘You Are No Longer My Mother’ — Families Torn Apart by Tuesday’s Election (pjmedia.com)
- Cuban-American families were torn apart by this election. (americamagazine.org)
- How Politics in Trump’s America Divides Families (theatlantic.com)