Commonwealth Policy Center

Our public discourse has become dangerously hateful. We’ve gotten to the point where people are physically attacked for their views. This is because we’ve forgotten principles like respect and tolerance. Too often opponents are demonized. This leads to a hateful public square. For Christians this shouldn’t be the case. Theologian Mirislov Volf said that forgiveness is missing. “Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans even as I exclude myself from the community of sinners. But no one can be in the presence of the God of the crucified Messiah for long without overcoming this double exclusion — without transposing the enemy from the sphere of the monstrous… into the sphere of shared humanity and herself from the sphere of proud innocence into the sphere of common sinfulness.” Volf’s words bring a healthy perspective into public policy discussion—one that’s needed today.