Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.
How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.
I guess it is inevitable that when you write a blog on the election, people will want to read it. There was also the usual interest in TED Talks and the occasional book review.
With that in mind, here are my top five posts from last month…
- Jesus Is Not Returning on the Air Force One… So what is a Christ follower to do on November 8th?
- Doubting Your Call… An old TED-like Talk from a good friend.
- Leading In an Era of Constant Change… Put people first, turn company reorganization into an empowering one, and energize tasks for all.
- Learning a New Language… English is fast becoming the world’s universal language. So why broaden one’s horizons?
- (Tied for fifth) Scrum… Deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement.
- (Tied for fifth) Preaching Killer Sermons… Being totally present when you preach.
What are the best blogs that you have discovered this past month? Any favorite posts?
How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It’s a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world — and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can’t describe something, you probably can’t understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert Philippa Neave shares her experiences from the front lines of democracy — and her solution to this unique language gap.
To all those who are still undecided or who have not yet voted, the 2016 presidential election is less than a week away. Finally, an end to what has been a disappointing and disgusting process (truly lacking both character and conviction). How did we get here?
As a pastor, I am careful not to endorse a specific candidate. My heart is to reach anyone and everyone with the gospel. Politics can be so divisive – I do not want anything getting in the way of an opportunity of introducing someone to Jesus. I trust, after someone encounters Christ and is transformed by his Spirit, that they will then be compelled to be a good citizen in their own context (that spiritual maturity impacts every area of our life).
Rather, I have included several different perspectives that I hope will assist you in making a prayerful and informed choice. Some of my closest and trusted friends are unable to vote conscience. This is a viable option at times (and not all individuals who lean this way are necessarily a part of the “Never Trump” movement). Not voting because you are too lazy to register or uneducated on the platforms is inexcusable. Protesting both parties and the candidates that they nominated is another story. Little of what I have witnessed from this election will ever make America great again (let alone the Republican Party). I am unapologetically pro-life (from the womb to the tomb – whether that life is innocent or guilty). There are serious concerns in regards to future Supreme Court nominations. However, many early Pentecostals were pacifists in a day when many of them were directly affected by injustices such as racial segregation and women’s suffrage.
That being said, I’ve come across good cases from other Christ followers on why to vote for Trump and even a few on behalf of Clinton. Just as I said eight years ago, respect others and their differing convictions while praying for the leaders who are elected (whether you voted for them or not). Regardless of what occurs next Tuesday, Jesus is still King.