[Updated from the archives – a post to remind us how to treat one another reasonably on election day.]
I’d been on the bench just a few years when I was given responsibility for administration of our courthouse. (It’s not the honor you may think it is: this assignment rotated among the judges* and it was my turn.) I ran up against a problem and called a very experienced judge in southern California to get some insight on whether I should talk to the people involved or just let it be. His advice has stayed with me for the past 15 years:
I’ve found that more communication is almost always better than less.
I followed that advice and talked things out with everyone involved, and I’ve been following his advice ever since.
Words in the Church
In the Body of Christ, we serve the Living Word: communication counts in God’s Kingdom. Why wouldn’t we want to follow God’s own call?
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18.)
If God wants a conversation with us about our mistakes, we should certainly want to sit down with one another to reason out any differences we may have.
It’s the Godly way to act.
*That was almost 20 years ago. Now we no longer rotate the position but hold elections for presiding judge, and in fact did so a couple weeks ago. It was the most reasonable judges’ meeting imaginable and everyone walked away knowing we could count on each other. Now that’s the way to hold an election.