Keeping the Faith: Civil discourse and faith

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In a poll conducted by Time Magazine in 2016, about half of the more than 3,000 American adults say they are angrier today then they were a year ago.

The reasons are varied, ranging from a divisive presidential campaign, healthcare, gun control, immigration, tweets, race relations you name it.

And it's not just red versus blue, liberals versus conservatives, but daily disagreements about life.

In a recent Sunday sermon, Knoxville Pastor Larry Trotter said social media can be both a blessing and a curse.

"That anonimity we have, that quick strike. Somebody says something we don't agree with and bam, we just lay into them," said Trotter.

So how do people of faith respond to disagreements?
Some websites point to an old fashioned word, called magnanimity.

The word refers to a loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity

"If you have to use a sharp stick to make a point, then you really don;'t have a point, if you can't sway someone by the weight of your thought then it's not going to happen any other way," said Trotter.