Simon Harvey writes,
The awful murder of Jo Cox MP should alert us to our dangerously damaged politics. Today, I've been encouraged to read wise words from those who recognise that something even greater is at stake than the decision on Britain's membership of the EU.
This referendum is already deeply damaging our society. It is polarising us into two camps. A week from now, it may have split us into gleeful winners and wretched losers.
In regular elections, the losers keep a stake in the game. They have the consolation that another opportunity to vote will soon come around and the campaign for the next election begins straight away. But a referendum is deeply undemocratic because it fixes the loss of those whose side doesn't prevail.
This is why people are frightened now.
We should recognise the sacrifice and service made by the overwhelming majority of politicians of every party. We need to resist cynicism and be ready to build relationships with those with whom we disagree.
In arguing, debating and talking about the referendum, it's worth remembering chapter 3 of the Letter of James, which ends like this:
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
As well as remembering Jo Cox's family before God, my prayer today is this:
Lord, make me fearless to oppose. But first give me gentleness and kindness, that my opponents may also not be afraid. Amen.