A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-29-19
Discretion IS the Better Part
It’s Happening: “Trump got booed at the World Series-Game IV (there were even some who chanted ‘lock him up’), Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were livid, but there were no leaks…and no U.S. casualties in the secret raid that resulted in Baghdadi’s death. Forget that the electorate in Washington, the site of the game, voted 90% for Trump’s opponent (and the presence of swamp-fans is undeniable), having a successful mission against ISIS Founder (and subsequently killing his right-hand man Monday) may be worth the criticism. Besides, as Trump, Jr. tweeted: ‘I’ll take boos from the leftist DC fan base and cheers from the great men and women of the United States Armed Forces any day of the week!’(https://www.pressherald.com/2019/10/28/donald-trump-jr-criticizes-leftist-baseball-fans-for-booing-his-father-at-the-world-series/). The only one in a deeper hole than Trump is the Washington Nationals themselves, as they are three losses to two wins with the Houston Astros’ 3-game winning streak.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Maybe he should have let the Democrat leaders know.”
Biblical Response: “And maybe you’re right…but why take the chance? Or perhaps you don’t think Washington leaks enough already. The quote from Shakespeare (King Henry IV, Part 1, Act V, Scene 4): ‘Discretion is the better part of valour’ comes to mind. It sometimes takes more courage not to speak, even if it costs you criticism after the fact. Whom you tell anything, and when is crucial (Tit. 2:5-8).
“Christians? Oh, we believe in discretion. In fact, the Bible has much to say on the subject (Prov. 1:4; 2:11; 3:21; 5:2; 8:12; 11:22; etc.). Controlling your tongue is a pretty big deal (James 3:6).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to control our tongues and take criticism in stride…You did; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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