2018-01-11 / Editorial Page

Broom give you blisters! Hopefully they’re from sweeping, not flying

Words of Encouragement
By ROGER ALFORD
columnist

“I’ve gotten blisters from using this broom,” a wife complained to her husband.

“Well, next time just take the car,” he responded.

Delivering an insult like that, albeit a funny one, certainly isn’t a good way to keep the peace. You realize, the Bible tells us that we are supposed to be peacemakers in this world that is so full of strife.

‘If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men’ (Romans 12:18).

I’ve been especially bothered of late with the hateful comments I’ve been seeing on Facebook and Twitter, especially when it comes to political issues. It seems people have no filters when it comes to leveling horrible, mean-spirited words toward others. You don’t have to read far to find the kinds of pointed comments that could easily lead to physical altercations if they were to be delivered face-to-face.

And what’s really heartbreaking is that people who regularly attend church can be found among those delving out hate. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I’ve been in some of the people who are engaging in this kind of shameful behavior. They go off on politicians and celebrities, saying things that I doubt they’d ever consider saying in person. I can only assume they don’t realize they’re adding to the strife that has become so rampant in our generation.

Jesus calls for us to be better than this.

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9).

It’s quite interesting what the Bible says in regard to those who cause strife.

‘Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone’ (2 Timothy 2:23-24).

The fact of the matter is, anyone who engages in or feeds the kind of strife we see daily online isn’t very ladylike or gentlemanly and certainly isn’t behaving as a Christian should.

These folks are the kind of people who could perhaps get blisters on their hands from using brooms - for something besides sweeping.

Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.

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