Monday, July 18, 2016
Gripe of the Day
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29, NIV
Many of the almost 1,000 talk radio programs that fill the airways 24 hours a day simply give a forum for listeners to vent their gripe-of-the-day. These shows air complaints about the way things are. More often than not, they keep the coals of dissent stirred up, seldom offering feasible, effective solutions.
If, by chance, these hosts truly believe they can effect changes in the political realm, then it’s not improbable for them to think they could bring about change in our country’s lifestyle mentality. They could appeal to the individual’s basic knowledge of good and bad. They could give a clarion call for a return of the common, garden-variety, old-fashioned decency that has worked for ages in successful relationships between human beings.
Decency that could lessen crime and fear while at the same time strengthen brotherhood among us all.
Instead of spouting criticism about everybody and everything over the airwaves, we could be expressing how thankful we are for what good there is. And if what we have to say is not good, perhaps we should say nothing.
Let’s sound the trumpet for good. For encouragement and constructive thoughts rather than for negative opinions. For harmony among all peoples. Applying the Golden Rule could accomplish that: “So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you? (Matthew 7:12).
Can you imagine a world where that rule would be universally applied? Really applied by all men, women, and children in every relationship? Perfection might describe the result.
Can such perfection exist in our world? Perhaps not. But what pleasure there would be in trying for it. Then we might not need all those talk radio shows for griping and complaining and criticizing, and …
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