The Super Bowl is over. We took our sides, cheered for our players and taunted the other team. We went to bed. We woke up, already anticipating the start of the next season.
This is how many of us handle politics. We cheer for our side, talk about their good points, and turn a blind eye to their bad points. We actively root against the other side. That’s fine for football.
However, the way we decide to collectively live our life can become life or death - particularly those on the margins of society. We’re not taking politics seriously if we approach it like a football game. An “us-versus-them” mindset creates a world where some are able to enjoy “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” at others’ expense. We need to take seriously that our lives depend upon the welfare of others.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly…”
Let’s stop participating in politics like we cheer for our team and come together for our common good. We may not always agree, but together we can help one another to become all we were created to be.
— Brian Lothridge, Rome