In a culture where some defend the right to be vitriolic and justify careless (sometimes even cruel) words, it is counter-cultural to seek kindness and generosity. In a world that sometimes appears to be in a fiery rush to rudeness that cuts off anyone that disagrees, it goes against the current to choose words that are as compassionate as they are authentic. There are two areas in our country begging us to learn that words matter: bullying in our schools and our political discourse.
From “Words Matter in Church and Society” by Inez Torres Davis, from the August 2012 issues of Interchange. Today is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Amos 7:7-17 (semicontinuous); Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 82 (semicontinuous); Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37.