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For Kingdom Citizens, Civil Discourse Doesn’t Work

We are fresh off particularly heated mid-term elections in the United States. Like a national-scale thanksgiving meal turned sour, we are poised to yell across the table at one another—partisan turkey leg in hand, waved around like a club. In this antagonistic time, we are looking for a way to engage without destroying one another. In our disagreements, many Christians are calling for “civil discourse.” But while the desire for a healthier vision for dialogue is right and good, I propose that “civil discourse” is not a framework with enough imaginative power to dislodge us from violent rhetoric, to challenge the powers and principalities at work, and to make space for sharing in the humanity of others.  For the baptized,…
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