It strikes me funny that Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus lists “cowardice” as an antonym (the opposite) of “patience.” Self-control requires more strength than fury brewed with carelessness. In other words, many of us showed courage when we remained calm and prayed for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, as compared to the simpletons who hit the streets, baseball bats and walking canes in hand, “preparing for war” because the precious lambs didn’t get their way in the 2016 Presidential election.
Concerning the “Anti-Trump” riots of late, I fully realize not every liberal in the country was involved in these humiliating acts. The fact is, however, people were hurt, property was damaged and America’s reputation (by some) as “the greatest country on Earth” took a major hit.
The answer for so many these days is “RIOT!” “Let’s stop traffic!” they bellow. “Bust some heads and break stuff; that should get their attention!” Like a group of 12-year-old’s who had been raised by wolverines.
The type of recognition garnered by these yellow-bellied acts is akin to the melodramatic high school student who sets his teacher’s desk on fire because she gave him a C- on his Rutherford B. Hayes essay.
When Jesus was on trial for His life, He remained disturbingly silent. He had said all He needed to say; everyone knew exactly where He stood on the issues, and He had no need to defend Himself. When Pontius Pilate asked about the charges of “Blasphemy” the religious leaders had brought against Him, Jesus had no reply, and the book of Mark says Pilate was amazed.
I assert that it takes more heroism to remain thoughtful, contemplative and silent in the face of calamity than it does to go berserk and set police cars on fire.
The impassioned rioters would disagree with me, I’m sure; their self-opinion is they are the strong ones, inflicting pain and carnage, seemingly inflating their own prowess, while perpetrating fear and violence on the innocent, unsuspecting and undeserving.
But theories of the spineless burden me not.
“Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth (Proverbs 18:2).”
No matter what happens in the coming days, remember the Apostle Paul’s sage advice in Romans 12:19: “Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands.”