Stop. Just STOP! Take a deep breath. Look around you. It’s an ugly picture right now. So much anger, so much irritability, so many chips on so many shoulders. It seems as if every other person is just looking for something to offend them, so they can make a big noise about their rights and how everybody hates them and wants to put them down. (So they can be on the news?) Then they begin figuring out some way of getting even, or getting revenge. (Yeah, that would get them on the news.) …What kind of life is that? Is it fun? Is it fulfilling? Doe it give them a warm, cozy feeling to be full of hatred and ready to jump on every perceived offense?
Whatever happened to SELF-control? Whatever happened to civility? Whatever happened to humor? Whatever happened to perspective? Whatever happened to good sense?
Could they all be lost because we’re no longer listening to words like these?
–Love your neighbor as yourself.
–Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
–Be subject to rulers, to authorities, be obedient, be ready for every good deed, malign no one, be peaceable, gentle, show every consideration for all men.
–Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
–Do not lie.
–Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
–Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
–Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Yes, if you don’t recognize them, those are Christian words. There are many more. Let me challenge you to lay aside what you know (or believe you know) about Christians and Christianity. Don’t take somebody else’s word for it. Read the New Testament as if you’d never heard anything about it before. See–with your own eyes and mind–what it really says. See if the things in there don’t have the potential for making life better for all of us.