In 1 Corinthians 13:11, Paul said,

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

Children hit, pinch and poke fun at one another, especially if they have siblings. Children will say things to another child with the intent to hurt or harm. Unfortunately, some adults continue to do that in adulthood. But for the most part, most actions and words are not intended for such. Most adults have done as Paul wrote, they put away childish things.

As adults, though, we tend to take what others say, in the wrong way. We analyze over and over in our minds the speakers intent. Soon, we are deciding the intent was to hurt, so we are hurt. We, in turn, then strike back, now with the intent to hurt. A vicious circle is created.

As American adults, we have lost the ability to act and talk like adults. We take on a victim mentality and we expect everyone to talk and say only things that won’t offend us. Because of this, we have come up with PC, or political correctness. We no longer say words, we give initials. This soon led to completely avoiding certain topics. The problem with PC is that we do not have a Director of PC who determines what is actually PC and what is not. It is up to each person’s feelings. This, of course, leads to problems because one person’s PC may not be the same as another person’s.

We as Americans find ourselves walking on eggshells. We say and do things that are not meant for harm or hurt, but many times it is taken as an offense. Many times, even if we try to maintain PC, we fail and are crucified. There is no forgiveness. Just today on the news, we hear that Megyn Kelly is probably going to be fired because of statements she made on her show. She apologized, but that does not seem to be enough. Say or do the wrong thing and you are a racist or a bigot.

Just recently, I shared a South Park cartoon on Facebook. The part that I watched was funny. Unfortunately, I did not watch the whole cartoon. A few days later, my son pointed out to me that it was offensive. I went back and looked at the whole cartoon and found that it was. I have since taken it off my Facebook page, but I fear it is already too late and some of my friends have unfriended me.

Because of this great divide that has taken place in America, we don’t know how to have a civil disagreement. We take pot shots at our opposition. But like the saying, I can hit my brother, but you better not touch him, when Americans are in trouble, Americans step up. Literally, thousands of people have traveled across the country at their own expenses to assist those who suffered from the hurricanes. We are brothers and sisters. And you never hear a volunteer say to a victim, “Are you a Republican or a Democrat.”

“He hit me first” was never and still is not acceptable. Our uncivilized behavior toward our fellow Americans is wrong. Confronting members of the present administration while they try to eat in peace in a public place should be condemned by the most powerful of the Democratic Party. And the action of some depraved person who finds it necessary to send packaged sent to Democrats should be condemned by the most powerful of the Republican Party.

As Americans, we must stop the division. Our country cannot stand if we are divided. We should learn to laugh again. King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3, “there is a time for everything.” Maybe IT’S TIME TO GROW UP!”

Dwayne Collins

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