Representative Towns the man is infinitely more important and more valuable than his voting record, than his political party, than his income, than anything else. He is important to me not as a Member of Congress but as a man, as a beloved child of God.
That’s something that we all need to remember in this election season. I know that I have to remind myself of it sometimes. People have forgotten that the other side—whether that’s the Democrats or the Republicans—ultimately want America to be the best she can be. We now just assume that the other side doesn’t mean what they say or has some hidden agenda, and this attitude is corrosive to the civic spirit necessary to maintaining our republic.
I remember when, on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, massive protests broke out at Chick-Fil-A locations across the country. It was a hot August day, and, at one location at least, Chick-Fil-A employees brought free water out to the very people who were protesting their company. That impressed me very much; it’s a model that we all need to follow of loving the person first, and treating ideas as ideas—falsifiable propositions about reality. A man’s ideas don’t need to become his label; we don’t have to reduce people to an opinion or two of theirs.
I pray that God will continue to bless my good friends across the aisle, and that He will bless America more than ever.