They actually matter…

Hate on a 17 year old girl…

Racist commenters attack Malia Obama after news of her going to Harvard

Disrespect…

“Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and says, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?'” – Ted Cruz

Antagonism…

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Slander…

“What is this? Right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”  Trump continued: “I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.” – Donald Trump referencing National Enquirer story saying Ted Cruz’s father was with Lee Harvey Oswald several months before shooting JFK…

These kind of words weigh me down if I let them from time to time…
It’s a crushing kind of weight…
Not on my body, but on my actual soul…
It’s getting to the point that letting it “roll off” is getting harder to do…
Because it’s seeping in…
It’s becoming part of “normal”…
It’s becoming accepted…
Social media, TV networks, news websites use it for fuel, ratings, web traffic…
We (the collective “all of us”) are doling out negativity, without thinking of the resulting effect it has…
And there are people, consuming it, ingesting it, believing it and sharing it…

Read Matthew 12:36-37… Too many people are on dangerous ground…

And mind you I am saying this from my occasional glass house… Last night at dinner, I made a joke about people in Arkansas… In front of my kids… I didn’t catch it, my wife did (I got “the look”)… Convicted… Guilty as charged…

What can I do about it…? I don’t know… Be careful because jokes aren’t always funny… Don’t let the words effect me, and be a voice of reason when given the chance… Engage in civil discourse, and call it out when it’s not…  You can disagree with someone, and still be friends, love and breathe the same air… But on days like today… This is what I REALLY want to do…

Kill A Word/Eric Church

If I could kill a word and watch it die
I’d poison “never, ” shoot “goodbye”
Beat “regret” when I felt I had the nerve
Yeah, I’d pound “fear” to a pile of sand
Choke “lonely” out with my bare hands
I’d hang “hate” so that it can’t be heard
If I could only kill a word

I’d take “brokenness” out back
And break “heartbreak, ” stand there and laugh
Right in its face while shootin’ it the bird
I’d put “upset” down in its place
I’d squeeze the life out of “disgrace”
Lay “over” under six cold feet of dirt
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word

Give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn “lies” and “hate” to “love” and “truth”
If I could only kill a word

I’d knock out “temptation”‘s teeth
I’d sever “evil, ” let it bleed
Then light up “wicked, ” stand and watch it burn
I’d take “vice” and I’d take “vile”
Tie ’em up there with “hostile”
Hang ’em high and leave ’em for the birds
If I could only kill a word

So give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn “lies” and “hate” to “love” and “truth”
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word

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