What Will We Do Without Kindness?

A mistake made by many people with great convictions is that they will let nothing stand in the way of their views, not even kindness. Bryant McGill

I've been trying to figure out exactly where kindness is hiding out these days when it comes to the leadership in America. What passes today for "high minded" debate in the political arena is much more akin to a mud fight between three year olds who have missed both snack and nap times. It would be bad enough if it were only bad manners and childish behavior, but our Republican and Democrat leaders genuinely seem to hate one another.

I confess that I have watched C-Span since it first came out a few decades ago. I remember Senators and Congressmen alike getting up and talking about their  esteemed friends on the other side of the aisle. They might have been on polar opposite sides, but they at least (with some notable exceptions) treated one another with some dignity and respect. But now, the conversations from the smallest town mayors to the President of the United States are often filled with what can only be described as vitriol and hatred.

As I watch these disagreeable men and women acting and speaking as if they are talking about the devil himself, I cannot help but wonder if they remember why they came to Washington in the first place. I know that many came in pursuit of ultimate power, but I like to think that some came to serve. The only problem is that you cannot effectively serve without kindness.

I can honestly say that I have never seen a true friend, a parent, a teacher, a coach, or any politician who had lasting success without kindness. I know that there are times to disagree, but I also know that we can do so without hate. Until our politicians learn this, I wonder if we can ever enjoy even the smallest amount of success as a nation. I am convinced this is one of the pressing issues of our modern times. I believe we should be thinking about it, praying about it, and then voting accordingly for... what will we do without kindness?

The Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone... II Timothy 2:24, NIV