We are moving along with the this book, sometimes spending two weeks on a chapter. This week, the chapter was about listening to one another.
Adam Hamilton writes,
One of the reasons for today’s culture wars is the unwillingness of people on either the left or the right to listen to those with whom they disagree. They are quick to speak, and quick to anger, but slow to listen. (p43)
What do you think?
The GOP won control of the House on Tuesday. Fine. But the Democrats control the Senate and the White House, and yet…. Boehner and Mitchell are both demanding that the President bow to them like, pardon my vulgarity, the boy that he is. There will be no compromise, no listening, nothing. No matter that over half of this country didn’t participate in the vote, or that the majority of them are still Democrat. There is simply no compromise.
No listening. Nothing.
Do you think that we can learn, especially in a democratic republic, from listening to one another, and working with one another? Can we? Should we?
And, to what point is compromise a viable option? Not just in politics and the culture wars, but so too in our congregations and theological squabbles…
Do we ever seek to understand one another, to compromise where we can?
- Obama could compromise with GOP on taxes (msnbc.msn.com)
- Two faces will represent a divided America (capitolhillblue.com)
- Memo to White House: Lawyer up (politico.com)
- Faces of division: Obama, Boehner united on little (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- McConnell Nixes Obama Offer of Cooperation (odwyerpr.com)
- Mitch McConnell: Now That Democrats Only Control the White House and the Senate, It’s Time to Do Everything Republicans Want (firedoglake.com)