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Bethany Evangelical
Lutheran Church

Ishpeming, Michigan † Est. 1870

 
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Pastor's Reflections

With 2020 being a presidential election year and considering the state of our national discourse these days, it seems safe to assume that we can look forward to an especially ugly campaign filled with nasty rhetoric and TV ads designed to slander one’s opponents and make them look as bad as possible; so much for the Eighth Commandment about bearing false witness.  I give thanks for the mute button!

Because the UP Catholic newsletter gets handed on to me I learned that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a yearlong initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor and respectful dialogue.  “Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate” asks Catholics to pledge civility, clarity and compassion in their families, communities and parishes and to call on others to do the same.  

I applaud the Catholic bishops but might we add Lutherans (and others) to the pledge?  Wouldn’t it be nice if all of the candidates would make such a pledge?  You can be sure that that’s not going to happen but each of us can do our little bit to try to keep the conversation civil recognizing that everyone, even those with whom we disagree, is a beloved child of God who possesses inherent dignity. 

The full pledge is worth sharing and reads as follows:  

Civility
To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me

Clarity
To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others' dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences. 

Compassion
To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invite others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy.  I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.

It’s a noble ideal and sets the bar pretty high.  However, I would encourage you to male this pledge and do what you can to keep the conversation civil.

Pastor Geier

 
 

Bethany Lutheran Church
715 Mather Avenue
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Phone: 906-486-4351
Fax: 906-486-9640
contact@bethanyishpeming.org

Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor
pastor@bethanyishpeming.org

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