What is wrong with them?

Why have they lost their way so much? They want to take all the money from the most important things and give it to their own projects. The changes they make are going to hurt the economy and make us less safe. 

I can’t even call them leaders. They make poor choices, their history is corrupt and they seem unintelligent. 

What really needs to happen is a little more cooperation from their side. They need to change. They are holding onto a decision just so they don’t have to admit being wrong. They want power. I’m sure they’re going to vote for only their side even though some of those people are bad people. 

I don’t know why my friend supports them. I can’t even talk to people who support that way of thinking. How could they hate everything about this country and it’s history?

It seems that nearly everyone can agree with the above statement as long as there are no names or parties attached. I’ve left those parts out and only included the contention. Seen under this light, it’s amazing what has been allowed into our life.

The biting comments. The destroyed relationships. The justification of judgment.

As we dread any disease that undermines the health of the body, so should we deplore contention, which is a corroding canker of the spirit.

-Russell M Nelson

President Russell M. Nelson, a Prophet of God, has taught some ways to avoid contention: 

  • “show compassionate concern for others”
  • “bridle the passion to speak or write contentiously for personal gain or glory”
  • “in humble submissiveness, truly [love] God.”

The Love of God displaces contention. Why allow space for the latter? Consider eternal goals before seeking temporary satisfaction. 

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the Children of God.

Matthew 5:9
The Peacemaker