Barry Black is the 62nd chaplain of the United States Senate. He was elected to this position on June 27, 2003, becoming the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this coveted office. Born in 1948, Black earned multiple awards for his service in the United States Navy, where he served as chaplain for 27 years. And now the Senate Chaplain has delivered a message to American believers. And he was direct with his message.
Black said he believes that the United States has a “serious problem” when it comes to political civility and that Christians should be leading the way in ushering civility back into society.
Having served the Senate for 15 years, the retired Navy officer spoke with the Christian Broadcasting Network regarding his concerns about the increasing tension and political incivility that is seemingly toxifying public discourse in America.
“When, because of political differences, people can’t with their families enjoy the freedoms that this nation provides, we’ve got a serious problem,” Black told the news outlet.
In a time in which Trump administration officials are being kicked out of restaurants and harassed, and lawmakers are engaging in heated back-and-forth attacks on Twitter, Black says that a lot of the incivility on display today has to do with “arrogance, swagger, and trash talking.”
The chaplain concluded his remarks with a quote from Scripture.
“I think it’s critically important that we lower the decibels. Proverbs 15:1 says, ‘A soft answer turns away anger.’ We need to return to obeying the Golden Rule.”
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Samuel Smith writes for the Christian Post.