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Words, to Hurt or Heal America?

Leslie Brown

We are all keenly aware that words have the power to hurt, or to heal. Despite the childhood retort, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, words can and do hurt.

Are we going to choose to follow healing words or hurting words? Martin Luther King Jr. was a wordsmith with healing words.  That said, are we going to continue on the path that Martin Luther King laid down for us and and judge people by the “content of their character instead of the color of their skin”, or fixate on a, “Your mama!” playground mentality?

Had character been assessed by voting record in the Senate, (INSTEAD of just skin color), I posit our nation would be on a far different path than we are now.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Don’t take anything anyone (including clergy) says at face value. Do your research, look at words in their context, and always, always seek what is right and good. Discern for yourself words of healing or words of hurt.

In a time of 30 second sound bites that are far too often taken out of context, we must be discerning, do some research, and perhaps care more about our country than who the latest winner of American Idol is. It seems we are in an era that television in and of itself, is an American idol.

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