How do you deal with someone who doesn’t see eye to eye with you on politics? The political season will create a lot of tension between friends, co-workers and family members. I would encourage you take the advice provided by my pastor, Andy Stanley. Andy is pastor of Northpoint Community Church located in Alpharetta, Georgia but boasts 5 campuses and 100+ partner churches nationwide. Recently he shared with us how to Avoid Election Infection. I thought that there was great advice throughout the service, you can watch it here.
For me the highlight was the 4 questions that he suggested to utilize when faced with a conversation with someone who doesn’t share your same viewpoint. He suggested 4 questions to offer as a response.
- What led you to hold that view?
- Have you always held that view?
- Have you met him/her? Snarkier reply…. So you know them?
- I get most of my information from the media, how about you? (So we are both relatively uninformed)
There are certainly numerous questions or ways to respond to an opposing viewpoint. However, he brought to light a very valid point; The conversation about who is running or where they stand isn’t worth losing your influence with that person. Worse yet would be to lose a relationship entirely.
So as we approach the upcoming Presidential Election in November of 2016 think about how you should respond to certain conversations. Remember to ask these follow up questions to understand another persons point of view. In the end, end yours nor their opinion matters, its your vote which counts.
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