“The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him.” Proverbs 18:3
Early in my marriage, Glen and I had a disagreement about the choice he made at the beginning of the long journey from California to Iowa. He turned entered the wrong entrance to the Interstate, and as soon as he noticed his error, he backed down it. I said, “You can’t do that!” and to that he replied, “If you don’t keep quiet I’ll get a gag and an ejection seat.” I couldn’t figure out why he thought I was wrong for making an accurate statement and how it would be to travel over 1500 miles in complete silence.
Sometimes it isn’t just words that start a fight. At a morning golf league, I experienced the cold shoulder of a person on my league. During the post-game lunch, all at the table were talking about a social issue. A women sitting to my left said to me, “I assume you did this in college, too.” I replied, “I didn’t go to college.” The woman turned her back to me. This told me one of two things: She had embarrassed herself for assuming I’d gone to college, or I was not on here level scholastically and socially.
Either way, when “a fool” gets into a conversation which runs down the other person, God knows which one of the people to gag.
Dear Lord, forgive fools and unleash the gag order. Amen.