Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Robert G. Wilkerson: Political attack ads and eight reasons to reject them

  It’s the political season again, and we are being bombarded by attack ads, many of which are so gross they insult our intelligence. Whether they insult us or not, there are eight reasons we should reject attack ads.

1. They are filled with lies, exaggerations and misrepresentations.

2. They rely on the public’s ignorance of the candidates and the issues.

3. They appeal to the worst side of human nature, hoping to hit hot buttons and stir anger and resentment that will destroy their opponent’s chances to win.

4. They are unethical.

5. They are immoral.

6. They are unfair. The ones under attack have no opportunity to defend themselves.

7. They contribute to the public’s loss of confidence in all politicians, and sadly, to the political process itself.

8. They are not Christian. Christians are “not to be deceived, but to speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:14-15).

  About the author: Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister and Christian writer. He is president of People For the Christian Way, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the use of Christian principles and ethics in all areas of life. He can be reached at drbobwilkerson[at]

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