On Disagreeing Well

Being friends with people who have very different political opinions is hard, and that is partly because ideas are personal.

Ideas are connected with our understanding, experience and framing of the world; a disagreement can feel like a disagreement or rejection of who we are, of the way we have understood or located ourselves.

I have been humbled by meeting truly wonderful people over the last few weeks, who are outside of the echo chamber that I have been in the past few years.

It has left me reflecting on the thought that it is very difficult to fight with someone who is not proud.

One of the things I want to learn this year is how to express my thoughts and opinions while holding them lightly enough that I am able to graciously learn from others.

After all, our growth is not correlated to doctrinal accuracy!

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” James 4:1