Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear...Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:29, 32 (ESV)
This is a time of what feels like unprecedented division in our nation. Especially on social media, there is the illusion of anonymity, which makes many feel as though they can go on the attack against others.
To be sure, many of the issues on which we are divided are worth arguing about. In fact, one of the best features of our society is the freedom to openly discuss and disagree on a wide variety of issues. However, in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul made clear that we as Christians are called to a higher standard. Christ showed us mercy when we did not deserve it, and we are called to do the same for others.
While we can and should debate those principles that matter most, we should always make sure we are "...ruthless with ideas and gentle with people," as Fr. Robert Sirico said. Today, let's submit our mouths and our hearts to God's leading as we interact with one another.