Gone back in time

Science says time travel is impossible.

Just recently, I was teleported back to the 1960s and I saw demonstrators being punched and kicked.

“This has to be the sixties,” I thought, “this kind of thing doesn’t happen anymore.”

I was wrong. I was watching a political “rally” where the candidate was screaming at the crowd to punch someone in the face and get them out of the room.

Then, yesterday while I was buying a few items at our favorite dollar store, I had a problem with my chip card and removed it prematurely.

“Don’t take it out!” the cashier yelled. She managed to leave out the word “stupid,” but she was clearly upset with me and my card. She apologized for her outburst, and I forgave her. It was probably just the day’s tension with people like me who remove their cards before they should have.

Have anger and hatefulness become a part of the American landscape? For many people it has. It seems there are some who think the political process (flawed as it may be) needs a little help from them in the way of anger and violence. And, some of these people call themselves Christians.

Isn’t it the case, however, that to become a Christian one must turn from the ways of the flesh and change their lives and conduct? The Apostle Paul called anger and violence the “works of the flesh.” He wrote, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God,” (Galatians 5:19-21 NASB).

These outbursts of anger, as Paul called them, have become more and more common in our land. They shouldn’t. We’re supposed to be people who have learned self-control, aren’t we? Remember, we fought a war with Japan and when it was done, we HELPED THEM.

People who practice the things Paul condemned in Galatians 5:19-21 are hurting more than just the people they are kicking and punching. They are showing they are no more Christian than any heathen in the world, no matter what they call themselves. Christians don’t do these things, and they don’t condone those who do!

It’s time we turned our backs on the anger and violence in the world and obeyed the gospel of peace Jesus gave us. If we’re going to call ourselves Christians, it’s time we started acting like it.