Peace, Baby!

Harmony.  Not musical harmony.  I’m talking about the kind of harmony we experience when life is good, when we’re cruising along on smooth water, when we’re rocking in our chairs and enjoying a cold beverage, when we’re playing games, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.  The kind of harmony that happens when we’re all getting along, or at least talking with respect and civility about our differences, even when we disagree.

But recently, I’ve been bothered by some things.

I wrote my U.S. Congressional Representatives last week expressing my frustration that we are locked in bipartisan politics (…this is not a new phenomenon), and can’t seem to get meaningful progress on tax reform, health care reform, or many other important issues.  People in congress just don’t seem to be able to talk with one another anymore.

A recent Facebook post from a friend was chastising people who thought differently about a particular issue than they did.  There was a condescending tone to the post that even used a derogatory term (repeatedly) for those who were on the other side of the fence on this issue. This kind of language makes me not want to go play in their sandbox anymore.

Yesterday, I read an article from a seminary professor whose sole objective seemed to be to bash people who held a different theological position different than his.  His article didn’t seem to allow any room for discussion.  It was just filled with bashing and name calling for the “opposition.”

North Korea, Russia, China, Syria, and the United States…  Enough said.

I know that we can’t all get along with everyone all the time.  But, I sure wish we’d all try a little harder.  Maybe we begin by being aware of how each of us treats those around us.  Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me…

“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!  Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:16-18 (NLT)

Peace, my friends…

Pastor Tenny

P.S.  And, yes.  If you’re wondering.  I did live in the 1960’s…, Baby.

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