Senate Chaplain Barry Black Says Christians Should Be ‘Leading the Charge’ in Returning to Civility

Senate Chaplain Barry Black believes that the United States has a “serious problem” when it comes to political incivility and that Christians should be leading the way when it comes to ushering civility back into society.

Black, who has served as the chaplain for the upper house of the federal legislature for the past 15 years and is a retired U.S. Navy officer, recently spoke with the Christian Broadcasting Network regarding his concerns about the increasing tension and political incivility that is seemingly toxifying public discourse in America.

“When, because of political differences, people can’t with their families enjoy the freedoms that this nation provides, we’ve got a serious problem,” Black told the news outlet.

In a time in which Trump administration officials are being kicked out of restaurantsharassed, and lawmakers are engaging in heated back-and-forths with the president on Twitter, Black says that a lot of the incivility on display today has do with “arrogance, swagger, trash talking.”

“I think it’s critically important that we lower the decibels,” Black said. “Proverbs 15:1 says, ‘A soft answer turns away anger,’ and we obey the Golden Rule.”

The Golden Rule, as written in Matthew 7:12, states: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

“I think Christians should be leading the charge in returning to civility by practicing what we teach and preach,” Black continued. “Many times we have the rhetoric, but our actions will not back up the rhetoric.”

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Source: Christian Post