Sherri's Message
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March 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

March 10, 2016

29 Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say. 30 Don’t make the Holy Spirit of God unhappy—you were sealed by him for the day of redemption. 31 Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. 32 Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ. -- Ephesians 4:29-32 (CEB)


A recent news article stated that nasty political campaigns are nothing new. For centuries politicians have bad mouthed one another.

While that may be true, I don’t believe it gives our current presidential candidates the right to be foul and nasty. I’ve watched some of the debates. It feels more like being on a junior high school playground than watching people who aspire to be the leader of our nation. I’m embarrassed for our nation by their antics.

Sadly, I’ve been in church meetings that have been filled with angry accusations and bitterness. And these same churches wonder why new people don’t want to be a part of their church. It’s no mystery to me.

What would our world would be like if we took Paul’s words to heart? What if we were kind, compassionate and forgiving? What if we didn’t let foul words come out of our mouths or we didn’t shout angry and slanderous words at one another?

As followers of Jesus, we have the power to be counter-cultural and not play the spiteful and angry language game. We can disagree without being disagreeable.

Let’s show the world with our actions what it looks like to follow Jesus. Anger, shouting and slander would be good things to give up for Lent.

Prayerfully yours,

Sherri

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