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As our American election day proceeds this morning, I’m thinking about the healing of divisiveness that will be needed when it’s over—irrespective of who wins the presidency. Will we build bridges to unite or borders to keep each other out? Will divisions and divisiveness win? Writer Steve Salt has been thinking along the same lines. He writes:
Constructing borders and defending them seems an irresistible proclivity manifested on many levels. From national boundaries to backyard fences and even personal space, there is a strong impulse to establish lines of demarcation that separate us from each other for the purpose of safeguarding. There are consequences…
I have experienced this realization of unity over and over again in my life, including the time when rumors were flying about the character of someone who wanted to hire me for a special project. This individual had a “reputation” of being unreasonably critical and difficult to work for. Several colleagues disliked her “style” and the manner in which she acted; and, would have nothing to do with her.
Rather than prematurely condemning this person and accepting others’ verdicts of “faultfinder,” I looked for her God-given qualities of goodness, fairness and accuracy. I did take that job after all, and I found her to be sincere and enjoyable to work for. And my acceptance of her also transformed others’ evaluation of her, allowing for a much improved sense of harmony and inclusiveness for each of us. Her demeanor changed. Seeing her as part of God’s loving family broke down the partitions of misgiving and wariness that had initially separated her from others.
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