May 5, 2018

What I read today:

Genesis 9 and 10; Psalm 5; Isaiah 5; Matthew 5; Romans 5

Matthew 5:21 and 22 say “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘you shall not murder’: and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council: and if you say, ‘You Fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.”

Anyone feel like people are getting angrier and angrier?

Just lately we’ve seen a Fresno State professor say:

  1. She was glad Barbara Bush died
  2. Barbara Bush was an “amazing racist.”
  3. That she raised war criminals
  4. She was happy that Barbara Bush’s death would cause her family great pain

Then I ran across a Facebook post from Frank Summerville a reporter from KTVU in Oakland, CA where he posted a picture of some high school students at a restaurant praying before their dinner.  To date, there are over 900 comments.

Surprisingly, many are saying that this picture is forcing religion down peoples throats among many other negative comments.  However, many chose to join in by praising the students and making ugly remarks about those who are posting negative comments about the kids.

It’s essential for us to understand that even if we think we’re defending Jesus or other Christians we need to do it respectfully.  Angry Facebook posts, mean tweets and fuming Instagram posts only serve to drive a deeper wedge between people.

Next time before you post something read Colossians 3 vs. 12-17

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If what your going to say does not live up to this section of scripture then delete it and move on!

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