A Proper Disagreement


Mdebatey sister and I are close.  She is eighteen months younger than I am and because we moved so much when we were growing up, she was my constant companion for play and adventure.  I love her dearly.

Politically, we are at opposite ends of the stick.  She is liberal and I am conservative.

We have always tried to not aggravate one another by not talking politics.  During the Reagan-Bush years, she would try to remain silent.  During the Clinton-Obama years, I have tried to remain silent.  We have tried to respect each others preferences.

I have written on more than one occasion, about a lack of respect between fellow Americans on different sides of an issue.  I have contended that we may have differing opinions, but we don’t have to hate one another in the process.

Today, Brenda and I had an occasion to disagree.  Our cousin, David Elkins, shared a link from The Blaze about Judge Scalia’s dissenting opinions (12 Must-Read Quotes From Scalia’s.) [note: title shortened for clarity].  Brenda commented and I had a need to respond to her.  Here is the exchange:

Brenda – So, the Supreme Court decisions are ok as long as it agrees with Scalia’s openings.  The Supreme Court is valid as long as it rules the way Scalia’s wants it to rule.

Steve – Our country is split over the same sex marriage issue.  Some are pro.  Some don’t care.  Some are opposed.  Many of those who are opposed are opposed for religious beliefs.  It’s not out of hate for homosexuals, but it’s out of love for Gods Word.  It was a 5-4 decision.  Regardless of who had the majority, there would be opposition.  Scalia does make valid points when addressing the bigger issue of how our government is running.  SCOTUS is not to legislate from the bench.  When the rules of law are overlooked, when laws are ignored by elected officials,  America as we have known it will collapse.  Christianity is under attack in our land.  There is an intolerance of the Christian point of view.  The Bible says Christians add flavor to society.  When that flavor is removed, society is without use.  I love you, my sister, but I respectfully disagree with your point of view.                          

Brenda – I love you, too, and I disagree that Chrisianity is under attack.  Just because some Christian beliefs are disagreed with doesn’t mean it’s under attack.

Here is what I appreciated about this:

First, I think we both took time to listen to what was being said.  Second,  I think respect was shown on both sides.  Third, we probably didn’t change the others mind on the subject, but the door was left open for further discussion.

Our country needs some problems solved.  The current method of power grabs and how the Democratic’s or Republicans look may be what those in D.C. want, but its not helping those in the rest of the country.  We must become united again!

Thank you, little sister, for showing your side how it should be done.  I hope the same could be said for my side.

What’s your thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “A Proper Disagreement

  1. If no one could never agree to disagree, then no marriages or relationships could ever survive. John Wesley, the, the Methodist minister first coin the phrase in mid 1700 about another minister and friend, for a memorial sermon for George Whitefield. “After all, those who will live in peace must agree to disagree in many things with their fellow-laborers, and not let little things part or disunite them.”

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