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Speaking with Love in a Culture of Hate

By Kevin Beirne

President, Bethel Bible Village

Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.


After last year’s divisive election season, I had hopes that inauguration day would be a time for our nation to focus on unity and healing.

Unfortunately, the news seems to light up with a new inaugural or post-election controversy every hour of the day.

And with this, our children are being exposed to a great deal of hateful rhetoric. In a world that seems hopelessly divided, how do we teach them to “agree to disagree” in a way that is pleasing to God?

Colossians 3:8 is a good start. It explains what should not be coming out of our mouths if we say we are followers of Christ:

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Colossians 3:8 (NIV)

That rules out a great deal of what they may be seeing and hearing! Here are three more helpful verses. They can help us all remember what it means to “set apart from the world” as new creations in Christ.

 Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

 James 1:26 (NIV)

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

Colossians 4:6 (NIV) 

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

I hope you will join me in praying for all our leaders in 2017.

 

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