Sticks and Stones
Greetings Summit faith family!
The presidential election is only a few months away and we are being bombarded by political ads which seem to have taken a specific tone during this election. Without drawing attention to any political party or individual candidate, it seems as though the primary focus on most of our presidential candidates is to criticize and ridicule their opponents. Unfortunately, we are the recipients of political slams, which are occurring on both sides of the political fence.
It is great that we live in a free country that protects and provides for freedom of speech. However, it seems as though as a result of being given such great freedom, we should exercise it with caution and discernment. Paul reminded us in his letter to the Christians in Galatia that the reason we have freedom is not so that we can indulge in sinful acts, but so that we would be free to serve one another in love.
You my brother, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (Galatians 5:13-15)
This verse should serve as a warning, not only to our current presidential candidates, but to those of us who are part of the kingdom of God. I am certain it grieves the Spirit of God when He hears us biting and devouring each other through words of criticism and negativism. What is most frightening is the end result of such biting and devouring – destruction
Think about it – we can use our words to encourage and build others up, or we can use our words to destroy. It seems obvious which path God would want us to follow.