Tempering extreme attitudes

Have you ever held one? Many of us, at one time or another, have been trapped into holding an extreme attitude about some facet of life. Destructive extreme views are obviously not healthy—either for ourselves or for society. But what is destructively extreme? Views that may seem extreme to me may be relatively moderate to you.

There are some questions we can ask ourselves to help identify wrongful attitudes. Are our views backed up by rigid emotional feelings? Does fear or anger, frustration or mortal will, underlie our mental posture? Does our quality of thought lack Christliness? Sometimes political questions or family matters or even church issues would polarize our attitudes so completely that we could lose the capacity to work harmoniously with our fellowman.

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