A healing response to culture wars

All too often, culture wars are dividing society today. Encyclopedia.com describes the situation as, “The body politic is rent by a cultural conflict in which values, moral codes, and lifestyles are the primary objects of contention.” And it’s big stuff lately. In the news, at the kitchen table, during school board meetings, even in churches, we see antagonism relating to significant differences of opinion about behaviors and norms.

Yet, there’s a way forward. The answer has to do with God, who doesn’t establish battles, but brings forth beauty and helpful activity in all of us. God is divine Spirit and Mind, the infinite source of wonderful, creative ideas that enable a harmoniously functioning universe. As expressions of God, which is the true nature of all of us, we are created to come together in productive ways.

My experience as a parent has taught me a lot on this subject. It’s problematic trying to move the kids to certain positions on issues through willpower. Time and again, what’s been most helpful is to focus on being a witness to and support of what’s coming forward in them of God. To affirm that they are spiritual in nature, that what defines them and their lives are the spiritual qualities of God expressed in them. This includes grace, purpose, completeness, and intelligence.

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