Recently we saw the “take down” of political commentator and shock personality Milo Yiannopoulos. Because that is the exact term that is being used. “Hear the story about how a 16-year-old girl ‘took down’ Milo”, a news story calls out.
Because this is the environment we are in. We don’t have civil discourse. We either gag our enemies, or we shout them out/down with shock comments. Political correctness gags; the resistence shocks. When someone gets too dangerous, we wait for the opportune moment and we take them out with an ambush on some flaming trumped comment, never addressing any actual issues.
My Brethren, these things ought not so to be.
In the about section of my blog, I noted the words of an ancient benediction, see below:
Go forth into the world in peace,
Be of good courage,
Hold fast to that which is good,
Render to no one evil for evil.
God forth into the world in love,
Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak,
Help the afflicted, Honor all people,
Love and serve the Lord.
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
Go forth into the world in peace.
I want to emphasize the words HONOR ALL PEOPLE. We have forgotten too soon the value, the worth of the individuals we disagree with, and created the take down culture. My plea today, is today be of good courage, hold fast to that which is good, render to no one evil for evil, strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, and through all that, HONOR ALL PEOPLE.
The more you disagree, the more you need to honor.