Whatever happened to civility? Remind believers to willingly place themselves under the authority of government officials. Believers should obey them and be ready to help them with every good thing they do. Believers shouldn’t curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone. (Titus 3:1-2 GW) Something has changed in our nation, a new era is upon us, one in which the virtue of civility, formal or perfunctory politeness and regard for others is eroding. We have always been a nation of multiple opinions, disagreements, and sides, but at the end of the day, by and large, we were civil to one another.
I believe our history of valuing one another, being polite, and respecting one another, no matter what our differences, is a fundamental principle in God's Kingdom. It is one of the values that allows Christians to be salt and light. Thus, if we as Christians begin acting like the world by disrespecting our government officials and one another, have we not lost some of our witness, no matter how much we deem our position the right one. This is not to say we are not to stand for what is right, we have been commanded to do so.
I suggest there is a way to boldly stand for righteousness and be civil as well. What if we made distinctions that deal strongly with the issues, rather political or social, and dropped all negative commentary and name calling of the person and their motivations. At the end of all our conversations what matters most is that Jesus is glorified.