As followers of Jesus, should we emulate His example of rebuking our adversaries in the strongest of terms? Should we call them a “brood of vipers?” Should we pronounce them “children of hell,” as Jesus did?
I recently tweeted, “I have a radical proposal to make: In the midst of our profound differences, within America on many fronts, and worldwide, based on our different religions and ideologies, can we at least seek to maintain a spirit of decency in our interactions? Is this too much to ask?”
Then, as a discussion around this tweet unfolded, I added, “For followers of Jesus, here’s a divine mandate: ‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.’