Thursday, November 1, 2018

Finding Common Ground With Those That Support the Other Party

      I recently met a man that was intelligent, principled, compassionate, and moral, but I was surprised to learn that he was an ardent supporter of a politician whom I thought lacked all of these qualities.  “How could he?” I wondered.  But, to be honest, he probably feels the same way about people who share my position.  Was he blind to what was right... or was I?
Although I don’t know which one of us is right (I’m pretty sure I am  ), I found some helpful guidance about how to think about people with opposite views in a statement by Mary Baker Eddy.  

In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes:
“Evil is sometimes a man’s highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger.”
Perhaps “evil” is too strong a word in this instance, but the point is that I realized this man and everyone that I differ with, are supporting their highest concept of right.  I am too!  This awareness helps me to respect those that hold different opinions even if I am vehemently opposed to their position.  My prayer going forward is that we all strengthen our grasp on good.  I’m sure we can all agree on that position!

You can learn more about how to pray that we all strengthen our grasp on good in Eddy’s book.  Read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from major booksellers.  You can also read, borrow, or purchase this book at the Christian Science Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado located at 4602 Plettner Lane.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this message! I’ve had similar thoughts as I have canvassed for a candidate in California whose campaign has broken the mold by running positive, family appropriate, solution focused ads and a message of hope and inclusion. Those hearing her message have dropped whatever they are doing to hug her and thank her for this refreshing and hope inspiring approach. Good is powerful and palpable. No matter what the outcome tonight, the thought of this district has been lifted and everyone involved is the better for it!