We often pass by other people “on the opposite side.” We disagree with them, and refuse to see their point-of-view. We’re closed minded. We won’t cross over to them.
Instead of wine poured over the wounds of disagreement, we pour the acid of harsh insults and recriminations – sometimes venom, and especially through social media. We victimize people instead of trying to understand them.
We must show compassion for others – to show empathy and to be neighborly. We must not rob them of their dignity and through taunts, teasing, and outright cruelty leaving them half-dead.
Why should we chickens cross the road? Answer: to get to the other side where we bandage our friends and neighbors in need of loving care.
Deacon David Pierce