Editor’s Note: I wrote this blog post two days before the
police murders in Baton Rouge.
A fellow blogger on Bloggermeetup.com challenged us to write a blog post conveying our thoughts and feelings about the killings in Dallas, Orlando, San Bernardino and beyond. Here goes . . .
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an atheist, a member of law enforcement, an angry BLM man or woman, a politician, a conservative, a Hindu, a gay, a liberal, a racist, a senior citizen, a blue-collar worker, a homeschooling parent, a Millennial, a Black Panther, a Muslim, a citizen, a refugee, a Jew, or a Christian. All the following are undeniably true:
- Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.
- When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
but he who restrains his lips is wise.
- A hot-tempered man or woman stirs up strife,
but he or she who is slow to anger quiets contention.
- A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
- A simple person believes anything;
but a prudent person gives thought to their ways.
- A person who has no love is dead. Anyone who hates another person is really a murderer at heart.
- Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life away from evil; hold on for dear life to what is good. Be a good friend who loves deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
- We must forgive others quickly before bitterness turns into hatred.
- Love one another, even those you think you hate.