This past week has been a volatile one. I don’t need to rehash it. Terrible things. Terrible actions. Terrible ideas. Terrible people.
Forget Trump. Forget politics. Forget all that.
Let me be clear: I do not agree with the ideology of those who stood in Charlottesville. The racism, the Nazi nonsense, all of it is horribly appalling. I am similarly appalled by the Antifa Communism ideology. And by any side of the “Lives Matter” debates when the message turns violent. I am similarly appalled by what’s left of the Westboro Baptist Church cult. I am appalled by Scientology, by Muslim extremists, and by Kim Jong Un. I am grossly appalled by anyone who calls themselves a Christian and lets hatred and bile fly off of their tongues.
But more than all of these, the person who most appalls me is… myself. I am the chief of sinners. I am worthy of no love, honor, or respect. I am the scum of the earth.
Yet, my God loved me enough to come to this earth, take my sins upon his shoulders, and die in my place.
Megan Oaks | @MeganCOaks
Have you ever read something and thought “I agree fully but I wish the delivery would have been a little less harsh”? Maybe you’ve listened as two friends openly discuss a matter of disagreement and walk away feeling like the person who’s opinion you most related to was overshadowed by the loudness or fast talking ability of their opponent.
I’m sure most of you have heard the saying “you attract more flies with honey than vinegar”. This is a saying that I feel many of us can benefit from. Whether it’s using social media, sharing the gospel or even dealing with marital or parental challenges.
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse human beings who have been made in God's likeness." James 3:9
Recently with the election season upon us, I’ve noticed an influx of bashing on my newsfeed. It was bound to happen obviously. I have friends who are passionate about their beliefs and passionate about the future of this country, which are both honorable causes to be passionate about. However, there are many times throughout the day where I find myself wishing their delivery was a little more sweet and smooth to digest like honey, instead of reeking of the bitterness of vinegar.