“Whoever is not against you is for you.” How backwards this sounds in today’s world.

“If you’re not with us, you’re against us” is what we’re more likely to hear. Voice your honest opinion about something political and brace yourself for the firestorm of criticism that can follow.

It’s time we start talking about our common goals: that every person feels loved and valued, that we create peace instead of division, that we lift up the lowly and show mercy to others. If we realize that we share these desires then hopefully we can see that we are all ultimately for the same things, foremost among those is Christ.

—Connor Walters is a communications coordinator at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. He also coaches rowing and co-moderates the school’s Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless.