Thinking a bit. I wonder if four little things we all can do in 2021 might help the state of our world:
1) Let’s clean up our language. There is just no need for it. Leave yourself something to say when you get really mad. Bad language disrespects everyone.
2) Let’s tap into manners. Please and thank you. Letting other people go first. Helping people. That kind of stuff. Bad manners disrespect everyone.
3) Let’s be civil and if we can’t be civil, let’s be quiet. Everyone who doesn’t think like you isn’t your enemy. You can stand for your truth in love. A lack of civility disrespects everyone.
4) Let’s embrace the Golden Rule and treat others as we wish to be treated. You want to be respected? Show respect. You want to be heard? Listen to others. That kind of thing. This is absolutely foundational.
Seems like a reasonable place to begin because it involves us changing our own attitudes and behaviors.
Too simplistic? Perhaps, but it isn’t like things are working so well now.
I am committed to these four things. Even if it is a movement of one.
Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois