I was only kidding
Posted: Friday, October 28
Verse of the day:
Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.” (Proverbs 26:18-19) NLT
Things are really bad now. Terrorism’s global outspread and impact has put caution in the back of just about every person’s mind. Terrible, awful things have been done by people to other people. How do we stop it? How do we love our enemies that are so intent and viscous in their hate?
When we read today’s Proverb, it almost seems a little insensitive to compare lying to a friend just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon. Like, come on Bible. It’s 2016. But then we remember that every single word in the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit who has always existed and will always exist. The Holy Spirit has seen the awful things humans have done to each other in the past, what’s currently going on, and the vile things we will come up with next. So why does God say that terrorism and lying to a friend with a quick quip about only joking are on the same playing field of savage?
The problem comes when we hurt others and chalk it up to always have intended it to be done in jest. It’s not entertaining to hurt people. No one likes being left with a mess and told, “Come on man! This is funny right?” Our actions and justifications carry significant ramifications. Telling someone we hurt that we were just kidding is equivalent to kicking them while their down. To be better people and to treat others in the highest manner, let’s own our faults. When we mess up, let’s take the responsibility and make an effort to fix things. When we do, we can build a bridge towards restoration and trust. When we defend our actions as a light prank, damage and hurt drives in deeper. We’re better than that. Let’s be people of peace, not just jokers.