Speak love, not hate
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Have you ever thought about how some people allow politics to cloud their sensitivity of humanity?
Case in point: Recently, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “We will take the Mormon but you all can have the Moron.”
During political seasons, why do so many of us make comments that hit “below the belt” when these politicians are still people (with families even like us)?
Moreover, what vexes my spirit is when I read blogs that insist that Hilary Clinton is deserving of her recent sickness. How insensitive!
Our Secretary of State was lying on her bed of affliction with a very serious condition. Blood clots can be fatal and to have one in the head can be extremely touch-and-go.
Nevertheless, with her condition, people still found unkind things to say.
This sick, immoral and insensitive rhetoric is the type of desensitization that can ignite hateful or violent actions by unstable people.
To be direct, when we put our mouths on people, in essence, we are killing them already. For this reason, the Bible states, in Proverbs 12:6 (KJV), “The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.” The Bible also states, “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” [Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)]
We all should want people to enjoy this fruit called life, regardless of party affiliation. At what point did we lose our Godly compassion for others? I have read ugly things said about others on both sides of the political fence.
This is what we forget when we look at the scope of things as it pertains to the progression of mankind. “God has great thoughts and plans for us, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give us an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
So, why can’t we think like this toward each other more often in an effort to improve humanity?
I believe that the fiscal cliff would not have come down to the wire if our leaders had humanity in focus instead of self-pride and party egos driving their actions and deafening their ears. Even to the very end, there were grievous words spoken in the House and Senate when the wise Solomon suggests in Proverbs 15:1 (KJV), that, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
In conclusion, let us allow love to rule our hearts, actions and mouths as we all seek a harmonious and productive life in this world beneficial for all.
Solomon said it best, “Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” [Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)].
Our wise mothers did not do too bad either in telling us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it all.”
In other words, let’s help don’t hurt!
Pastor Karl “The Rev.” Anderson is senior co-pastor of Upper Room Ministries and the president and founder of People Against Violence Enterprises Inc. at pavingpeace.org.