What good comes from ugly words…

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives… things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity…. a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.” Galatians 5:22

Yesterday I posted a statement on Facebook from a Las Vegas policeman after the massacre. He didn’t brag up his bravery, but used the analogy that a sheepdog springs into action when he sees a sheep straying, and that’s how a policeman reacts in a crisis.

I continued to read from Facebook today and was saddened by postings made by people who were trying to justify their feelings about the big G – Guns—and the violence caused by a mass shooting. Every time there is a mass shooting, the same statement appears—”Guns don’t kill.” Then nonsense quotes, such as “If a truck runs into a crowd, would you bane trucks?”

The bantering back and forth between the pros and cons of gun laws and control gets to the point of verbal violence—name calling such as “communist” and “soulless monster.” I want to know how such ugliness can solve the problem of gun violence or any crime.

At this time we need to reach deep into our souls and find whatever compassion we have for the people who were either killed, injured, or those grieving over their loss. Debating on Facebook will not solve the problem of violence.

Lord, you are the author of compassion. Help us learn from you. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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