Kindness is such an integral thing to life, why is it that it is disappearing from the world?
All of us expect to be treated kindly. We grow irritated when a doctor keeps us waiting for a half-hour past our appointment time. We become frustrated and angry with other people for supporting political candidates and issues with which we disagree. Losing one’s temper has become almost a national pastime. We even get irrational and angered when our sports teams don’t win. Why?
Kindness is disappearing because it is a biblical concept and fewer people believe the Bible (even though they may say they do). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you,” (Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV). Do these words reflect the current times we are experiencing? NO! They don’t! Many people either never believed the Bible or pick-and-choose which parts they want to obey. The net effect is the same: we do the opposite of what inspired scripture expects of us.
Kindness is disappearing because anger and violence get noticed. Does this sound rather strange? It may, but it’s true. What gets the lion’s share of news coverage on television? Is it the kindness someone does for another, or the fists thrown at political rallies, or the murders committed each day? Kindness is barely ever acknowledged by the media. The Bible tells us, “Do not contend with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways. For the devious are an abomination to the Lord; but he is intimate with the upright,” (Proverbs 3:31 NASB). There is no mistake why many of the punches being thrown at political rallies are done within range of the cameras. But the path of violence is not the doing of the righteous, but of the unrighteous. This unrighteous behavior gets noticed. It shouldn’t.
Bring kindness and civility back. Without it this nation will descend into chaos. Let us abandon our anger and lack of common decency and pursue God’s plan for us that includes kindness.