Much to my shock, who should really surface previous 7 days on the MSNBC-Television set political speak display “Morning Joe” but Ed Litton, newly installed as president of the Southern Baptist Conference. Host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, was lifted in the evangelical tradition. Co-host (and Scarborough’s wife) Mika Brzezinski was elevated Catholic.

Both equally hosts turned decisively versus their long-back buddy, former President Donald J. Trump, even for the duration of his 2016 campaign. They doubled down on their condemnations of his rhetoric and fashion all through the 2020 election and have relentlessly opposed his statements that he was cheated out of a win.

Litton, on the other hand, signifies the greatest Protestant denomination in The united states and a single whose membership overwhelmingly went for Trump both of those occasions and even now types an crucial section of his foundation.

Demonstrably “sold out to Christ” (and good for him), Litton nevertheless spoke out towards the radical correct wing militants this sort of as the Happy Boys and the Oath Keepers and violence as a political weapon. He thus stood squarely from the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, an undisguised attempt to quit the certification of Joe Biden’s election as our 46th president.

That, by my lights, is the correct line to attract in the sand. And frankly I want much more of Trump’s evangelical supporters would cotton to Litton’s logic and say merely, “I like Trump, but he missing. I’m not a admirer of Joe Biden, but he is now our president. Time period.”

If your experience is something like mine, having said that, you have seen even previously close buddies and any selection of relatives customers now at unpleasant odds in excess of the cultural divide represented by Trump and Biden. Civility in political conversations is in brief offer, though in some cases replaced by a stony refusal to engage in any dialogue at all about Democrats vs. Republicans.

This cannot, or really should not, go on endlessly. Really terrible for families and friendships. And poor even for the prospect of keeping onto our 245-12 months-previous democracy.

A confession: I took some steps to organize a Fourth of July live performance with a very well-recognised area ensemble who can ring out “God Bless America” and “The Fight Hymn of the Republic” with the most effective of them. The tunes, at the riverfront or in Ritter Park, was to be interspersed with speeches of a reconciling mother nature by outstanding Democratic and Republican officeholders. Forgiveness and therapeutic would have been inspired.

My observations of how bitterly split West Virginians are on the topic of Trump Sure or Trump No led me to conclude that way too lots of are “not ready to heal.”

Just one nearby specialist friend cannot even communicate with his personal longtime personalized assistant on just about anything remotely bearing on politics. A diehard Trump fan, she are unable to stand to hear to him express his level of see on the very last election.

A further friend, this 1 in the ministry, claimed he has been shaken by the selection of evangelical close friends who acquire into the Q-Anon conspiracy rhetoric that Biden will hand us all around to the Chinese communists.

In accordance to yet another insistent drum conquer on the proper fringe, Trump is to be miraculously re-mounted as president arrive August. Trials, meanwhile, of Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and other miscreants of the Capitol riot are now underway. A sober reckoning may well appear with sentencings.

John Patrick Grace is a Cabell County resident. He needs all a incredibly Happy Fourth and reconciliation amid spouse and children and close friends.