When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. (Socrates, 4th century BC Greek classical philosopher)

Those ancient words could well be attributed to an observer of today’s political scene. Gone are the days, apparently, when debaters can be gracious and friendly toward each other after the debate has ended. Today, it seems that the debates never end. What’s worse, it often isn’t the debated issues that are discussed but the character of the debaters. How sad and unhelpful!

Remind the people . . . to be obedient . . .  to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone (Titus 3:1-2).