Who should we talk with?

It is common to hear that we should have conversations with people on the other side of our political and religious divides. I agree. But maybe this is too all-or-nothing. It can create problems, like a quick descent into despair or apathy. We say that’s just too difficult, and we don’t do it.

Jesus recommended a more manageable step. When he sent out the 70 (Luke 10) to share the good news of the reign of God, he said, “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.” He goes on to say, in effect: Spend your time with people who have some openness to the conversation and perhaps to your thoughts. So whether you’re “conservative” or “liberal” politically or religiously, perhaps you should talk first with people who share a concern for peace and are open to expanding their understanding of peacemaking.

John K. Stoner, Akron Pa.

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