There’s a tendency today to rip into political leaders whom you don’t agree with. And those on the political right are just as guilty as those on the political left of ugly disparagement and condemnation of politicians. Of course, we have the freedom to criticize our leaders, but condemnation, whether through social media or in a conversation, doesn’t help matters. In fact, if your goal is to influence elected officials, there’s no quicker to cut off your possibility of influence than to be ugly and disrespectful. So, be careful with your words and tone: Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Remember, losing your temper and name-calling is repulsive, and there’s no downside to grace.