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Slippery Slopes and Dirty Laundry

Whenever we go on a trip we always forget something.

Home from a recent trip Nancy asked where I put the bag of dirty clothes. I had to mumble, “I don’t remember.”  My memory was registering high on the “forgetter-meter”.

“I just don’t remember.” I finally had to confess.

About twenty minutes later Nancy came back into the room. “I looked everyplace for that dirty laundry. You forgot it didn’t you?”

“Uh. I think you are right. I don’t remember putting it into the car with the suitcase.”

Yep. As per usual I forgot something.

Do you think the motel will wash and return our dirty clothes?

I don’t think so, either.

Dirty laundry. I see people posting dirty laundry all over Facebook. Cursing, obscenities and gossip with no source in reality, is everywhere. In earlier times the F-bomb, when it was used, was truly an explosion. Now it has the effect of a wet firecracker.

What happened? When did we start gaining speed on this slippery slide of incivility?

Do we lack empathy for others? Why are we quick to judge? Has stress hardened us?Are there so many messages vying for our attention we can’t filter out the harmful?

All of these things play a part.

Personally,I believe that the source is the anger of our heart. In Ephesians 4: 31 the Bible says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Did you notice the different forms of anger? Anger is bitterness  that poisons our thoughts and feelings.  Rage looks like a prairie fire destroying everything in its path. How many children have hidden behind a chair or table while an adult rages abuse?

Brawling is anger that becomes physically violent. It is the source of physical abuse. To slander is to speak words that destroy reputations. They may be half lies or whole lies but slander and false accusations wreck lives.

Malice, the intention to harm, is inventive in its manifestations, crooked in its creativity.

The Bible clearly warns of the dangers of many forms of anger.

Anger flows from the heart. Jesus said, “But the words of your mouth come from your heart. And they are what make you unfit to worship God. Out of your heart come evil thoughts, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, vulgar deeds, stealing, telling lies, and insulting others.” Matthew 15:18-19.

So why the downhill slide? Because our hearts are sick. Sick hearts are vicious to the vulnerable. Sick hearts believe in the survival of the strongest.  Our mantra has become, “Hit them again, harder, harder.”

I am glad Jesus did not hit back as He was being nailed to the cross. An old hymn says, “He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set him free…but he died alone for you and me.”

Jesus response? “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”

It is time to do the laundry.

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