I was sitting in a session this morning, listening to the President of Trevecca Nazarene University, Dan Boone, share from his heart about something that he’s been thinking about lately…divisive speech.
He has a growing concern for the way we’re talking to each other. I appreciated his emphasis on investing in healthy relationships. He cautioned us on two dangers that can drive a wedge into the dialogue process between two parties. The first danger was when people only engage in dialogue in a tit-for-tat manner (he called it transactional). This occurs when a person says, “I’d be willing to do this for you only if you do this for me.” At this point, the relationship dissolves into a negotiation at every level.