In the wake of recent political tweet storms, I frequently hear the question, “What are we to tell our children?” This reminds me of a time when I was in second grade and some kids were really mean to me. My dad scooped me up in his arms and told me the way we deal with hurtful words is to look for ways to be good and kind. He assured me I was right to speak up because those words were harmful. He also said I shouldn’t respond by doing or saying something I knew was wrong, because that would hurt others, including me, and I was responsible for my words and actions.
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought of what is noble in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17
As an adult, I recognize there are times when people are willing to even lay down their lives to protect others and a way of life. But that is not what we are dealing with, is it? I am suggesting this teaching could be a way to respond to publicity about a “tweet.” For the full article and teaching tips continue reading!