I must start this post by stating that yes, it is a bit ironic that I would use a long blog post to state that we need more action and less words in our society. Oh well, here we go!
If you look at the news any given morning or evening, it can be fairly depressing. Just a quick list from this morning:
- NFL Star turns himself in on child abuse charges
- Continuing unrest in Ferguson
- The fight against ISIS
- Pennsylvania State Trooper killed in ambush
And, as always, the list goes on and on. Here is where I see the problem: We all feel the need to post on social media or comment on news articles about what our opinion is and argue with those who disagree because obviously anyone who disagrees with us is a moronic fool who couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the c-a.
I have two suggestions:
1. If you can’t say “but I might be wrong” when entering into arguments that are a matter of opinion, then keep your mouth (or fingers) closed. There are some things I believe very strongly about our society and government. I believe them to my core. BUT I MIGHT BE WRONG! This allows us to have a conversation where I don’t have to vilify you for disagreeing with me. Disagreement is ok, really.
2. Actions speak louder than words. The specific action that speaks most loudly is love. So you think the current rash of NFL players facing domestic abuse charges is terrible? Love and hug your kids/grandkids/niece and nephews. And become a big for Big Brother/Big Sister. Choose an action that fights back against hate and violence.
Ferguson have you hot and bothered because of wayward police or thug kids? Be a voice in your community for racial reconciliation. Go to church with people who are different than you. Make friends with someone who you need lots of hand motions to communicate with because you speak different languages. Say thank you to some policemen.
Maybe for you it’s the fear of ISIS invading America. Be a person who sows peace. Create peace in your home, your workplace, your neighborhood.
Maybe your issue is taxes and welfare and the economy. Think our government gives to much to the poor? Then you better start helping the poor, because the only way the government is stopping is because the people have it covered.
I do not know how to fix all the problems in our world, nor do I want that job. But I do know that if I choose to live a life that reflects the love of Christ, God’s kingdom will grow.
Here is what James 1:19-22 says about it:
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Actions speak louder than words. So what are you going to do?