Opening monologues are usually found at the beginning of cable and radio talk shows. This serves as an outline for a daily program, guiding discussion for the day. In the past few months, I’ve noticed a disturbing pattern. While freedom of speech exists in theory, its appears that powerful figures within America fueled by a secular worldview are using exaggeration, gossip and lies to distort the truth. Subsequently, alternative, conservative and progressive minds are waging war in the media attempting to gain the support of a majority of Americans.
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered, Proverbs 11:3.
Whether this is accomplished through hacking, leaking or spying on individuals, I’m surprised that no voice of reason has intervened. Why hasn’t there been an outcry proclaiming, “we’ve gone too far.” What happened to honest civilized debates where the best and brightest ideas decide the outcome. Rather, a lack of standards has caused cable news, print media and social media to invoke smear campaigns on anyone who does not hold their political view. At some point, people are going to tune out completely.
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people, Titus 3:2.
The apostle Paul has a plan to reverse this current trend of cruelty and mean spirited words. First, don’t attack the person, address disagreements with dignity and respect. Second, when you reach a point of tension, be gentle in the words that you chose. Finally, follow the golden rule by treating others as you want to be treated with courtesy. There will always be conflict, disagreements and power struggles, but if this is done in a civil manner, decency will be restored. May these words give people a sense of hope for restoration and unity.
by Jay Mankus