Have you ever heard the saying, “some things are best left unsaid?”
Does this apply to you? Are there certain things that you keep to yourself?
Perhaps you share some sensitive things, but only within a small circle of trusted, like-minded family and friends. However, when you are away from this group, do you tend to keep your mouth shut? Are you more selective in what you say?
Such behavior can be most wise and sadly unfortunate.
It may be wise — you can avoid hard feelings by not mentioning sensitive, hot-button topics. This may be the smart thing to do, especially within our current polarizing political climate.
It may be unfortunate — if these differences lead you to categorizing people as “us” and “them,” and you judge the other as being “a lesser version of humanity,” or “beyond redemption.” (There are other choice words we could use but this newspaper upholds certain standards of decency).
Jesus said: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” You may be of the mindset that Jesus was not being realistic. I mean, who in their right mind would do such a thing?
However, I believe Jesus was quite serious, and the above is an opportunity to be acted upon.
It calls us to challenge our thinking, even by the smallest amount. If achieved, we will experience growth. What kind of growth? It can bring us back to reality: We, as human beings, are all flawed, imperfect and in this mess together.
So why not give a bit of kindness to someone on the other side of the aisle?
Do not seek reward in doing so. Acts of kindness can be given anonymously, in secret, and God will reward you in secret.
Some things are best left unsaid.
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.