“Sticks and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I wish that were true, but it’s not. Jesus said angry words can be as deadly as murder — for they can murder the soul. In our day and age, we have a major epidemic of pundit-itis. Yes, the proliferation of pundits who spew false reports, who spin the truth for political or personal gain abound.
Years ago, I was challenged to sign a pledge (Positive Affirmation Pledge) to pass on good reports and affirmations, in other words, to pass on the good that people do, to avoid unnecessary criticism and gossip. I still believe in this ideal, even more in our times. Our society is being hurt and polarized by an infectious spoken poison — words that hurt, lies proclaimed as truth and accusations that are unfounded. We need to be healers rather than add to the mad tribalism that attacks one another and vilifies the other.
What if this pledge went viral like the call to “Pay it Forward” or the “Me Too” movement? Our community and society would begin to experience healing and the power of forgiveness from the bitter divide we currently experience.