I CAN AND I WILL: Be kind
Anger seems to be more prevalent in today’s culture. To be heard, we must yell louder, be more radical, write something more controversial, or simply be rude. If you don’t do these things, people will not listen to the message you’re trying to convey. I’m pretty sure that God didn’t intend for us to communicate our thoughts or display our contentment with exactly the actions we condemn.
Although it’s not what God has taught us, we have created a world that only pays attention to bad behavior. To change this, we must change our culture and that’s not going to be easy. I say repeatedly, we are all descendants of Jesus Christ and the blood of the King of Kings is running through each of our veins.
It’s more popular to report “bad” news, so we over-report evil people, while we let the “good” deeds go unnoticed. When this happens, a culture begins to believe that the world is wicked when this is not true.
It’s simple. Some people are bad and that will never change, but we create more malicious individuals by making them famous. Then, we harvest anger among the good. If this continues, we will manufacture such a chaotic culture that the devil will sit back laughing.
The solution is simple, but not easy. We have all become reporters of news because of the influx of social media. The outlets of national newscasters need to blend the good news into their presentations, but until we make this news relevant and newsworthy, it will not happen.
The United States is the greatest nation on earth but, with that greatness, we have also become a target for those who are unrighteous. Many will continue to vilify our society, but don’t let that happen.
Be kind, do good, follow Jesus, punish the bad, protest peacefully, and promote virtuous behavior.
What random acts of kindness have you witnessed lately?
Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, professor, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com.