“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults–unless, of course, you want the same treatment.” Luke 6:37 (The Message Bible)
I am particularly sensitive to the way people say mean things about someone else. Recently, I received a Facebook video published by a conservative group in which they are making fun of President Obama. What good can come out of such meanness? I can’t help but wonder why. Are these people sore losers? Are they living in the past? Do they fear the future so much that they are paralyzed? Are they stuck or “constipated”? Can they possible find peace in their lives?
My suggestions for those who are bad mouthing President Obama or other people in public positions:
- Find something that he or she is doing well (and there are many things) and dwell on that for a few minutes.
- Be grateful that you are not living in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and many other countries in which people have little control of who governs their nation.
- Be thankful that the U.S. Constitution gives us the opportunity for change. (No President can serve more than eight years.)
- Put your energy into something that can make a difference–writing your legislatures and President Obama if you want to express your feelings on an issue.
- And, here’s a big one: Pray for him or her! Pray that all people who govern will be given a big dose of wisdom for every issue they have to deal with, and there are many more than the budget, the debt crisis, and the gun issue. Add to your prayers your desire for peace in the world!
Luke gets down and dirty on people who like to stir up muddy water to flatter themselves for the approval of others. What would he have to say about some of the television hosts that make big bucks by inciting his or her audience on a topic—often twisted and slanted? Luke says in Chapter 6:26: “Popularity contests are not truth contests–look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.” I add an exclamation point to that statement!
Dear Lord, help us to be tolerant of those we do not agree with and to look for good in every situation. Amen.