I’m returning from Washington, DC today. The inauguration is an historical event that I was privileged to attend. Many were rejoicing over this nation’s choice of leadership for at least the next 4 years. Others were protesting, unwilling to “accept” the one voted in as our president. It is evident that this nation is divided. We have an American right to individually choose who and what we believe, and we can be vocal about it. We have a legal right to protest. But to add disrespect, accusation, and anger to the protest gathering and teach our children to do the same (they learn by example) appears at times as juvenile as a three-year-old having a temper tantrum. It is allowed; it is tolerated as our right. If you have a permit, it is even guarded by law enforcement.
I’m sure glad my grandma wasn’t in DC to watch some of these protesters angrily call some of our governmental leadership names I wouldn’t want to repeat. She had a switch she used on us when we called each other names. Disrespect wasn’t allowed! Now it’s a right? We weren’t allowed to speak curse words either. She had lye soap that could wash those words right out of your mouth and take a little skin with it. She loved us enough to care about our behavior, to prepare us for adulthood, molding us to become respectful and responsible in the way we relate to another human being.
Our pledge of allegiance in this nation declares that we are “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” I believe in that. Many of us saluted our flag and repeated that pledge daily, because we respected what it stood for. This nation stands for freedom. We can and have a right to speak against injustice; we can voice our opinion. May that right never be taken from us! I’m believing the divisions in this country will soon disappear and we can get down to the business of loving and respecting one another regardless of race, color, or political affiliation. The Bible says we are to “speak the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15. We need both Truth and love when we speak.
Proverbs 23:23 says this, ““Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.”Proverbs 23:23 NIV. I forgot to bring lye soap to DC, but I’m not grandma, and I don’t know how to make it, so this column will have to suffice.