The post election emotions of a surprise upset by Donald Trump, with a slit decision between the electoral college results and popular vote, has raised the volume of rhetoric around racism. How appropriate (and maybe a God wink) that a page from Timothy Keller's book "The Reason for God" fell out of my spiritual journal (Susan and given me a copy of this page earlier this year).
The conundrum: "The more we love and identify deeply with our family, our class, our race, or our religion, the harder it is to not feel superior or even hostile to other religions, races, etc. So racism, classism, and sexism are not matters of ignorance or a lack of education. THE REAL CULTURE WAR - is taking place inside our own disordered hearts ....."
If the highest goal is:
(1) The good of our family .... we will care less about other families
(2) The good of our nation, tribe or race ..... we will tend to be racist, tribal, or nationalistic
(3) Our own happiness ..... we will focus on self economic and power interests
If we get our very identity, our sense of worth from our political position, then politics is not really about politics, it is about us. Through our cause we are getting a self, our worth - the very definition of selfish.
My observation is that both sides are selfish (and dangerously approaching racists) - The Reds for public ethnic slurs and degrading the PC (Politically Correct) elites; and the Blues for their pride in PC and indignant comments about deplorable stereotypes.
Only GOD can be our Summum Bonum - the highest goal. As Greg Stover peached one Sunday - we are citizens of a Heavenly Kingdom. Maintaining an identity to that political position would go a long way to healing the wounds of the red and blue tongues