August 03, 2015
I interviewed a former Colorado State Senator who is in a good position to compare and contrast local politics with state politics. “It seems that in our community it’s hard to disagree on issues and still be friends. In the Colorado Senate you work on issues, not personalities.” His comment struck home when an area newspaper this week reported on a disagreement between the city and the county. The chief of police, referring to the county sheriff, is quoted, “[the battle] has been hard on relationships. Rick and I had been friends up to this point.” Had been friends. Unfortunately believers are not immune from letting issues become personal. Case in point, both the chief and the sheriff are Christians — and members of the same church. The Apostle Paul said, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:31-32 NIV).