“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18
This verse came to me on inauguration day this year. I was depressed. I did not like what was happening in America. It was not so much the actual person being inaugurated as it was the extreme polarization of views in our country.
I live in red state America. In my interactions with people I have discovered that no one is going to change views through argumentation and reasoning, liberal or conservative. We are entrenched. If I chose to hate and avoid everyone that disagreed with me, I would be a lonely person. My best option is to take the high road. Rather than trying to argue with people, which is of limited usefulness, show them in some tangible way that you care about them.
When someone sees that you truly care about them, our individual opinions fade into the background. In fact, when someone sees that you care about them, your opinions gain more credibility. With that bond of love established, true understanding can begin.
I do not think that one side will ever completely capitulate, nor should it. When we love one another, we will begin to understand the viewpoint of the other. That is the way I see it at least. The only way out of this quagmire is love and living peaceably. All other pathways are darkness.