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Accountability for all


In this day and time it seems the whole world is at odds.

You look on Facebook - people are arguing, bashing and bickering at each other. You turn on the news - politicians and the media are debating and defaming each other. You listen to people in the streets, at the grocery store, at the gas station, even in some churches - they all seem to have something negative to say about someone or something.

It’s simply disturbing how it seems we have lost our humanity and instead of acts of kindness, acts of hate are growing at an alarming rate fueled by fear and discrimination. It’s actually quite scary.

I used to like to turn on CNN and other news channels to keep up with what’s going on in the world, but now with so much political backbiting and catfighting it’s hard to even stomach watching the television for too long now. It’s simply too negative and heartbreaking.

No one seems to know how to tell the truth and no one wants to compromise either. They would rather just tear each other down with their words and actions, ripping apart the very fabric of their humanity until there is nothing left but the dirty rags of ugliness.

Don’t be fooled though, words are powerful. With just our words, we can either build up or tear down our children, our families, our friends, our neighbors, our communities and our country.

That’s why I pray today to keep my words gracious and sweet, because tomorrow I may have to eat them so I need to be careful what I serve up to others today.

For I too have had my share of ugly words and actions that I wish I could take back. I too have had to chew on my own bitterness then sure could have used some honey as I tried to choke down truth of the words and actions that I had spoken into my life.

Sometimes having to deal with the consequences of our words and actions is difficult, but when we learn to ask for forgiveness, then we learn from them and we become stronger individuals.

However, I still believe one day we’ll all be held accountable for every idle word we say, every word murmured under our breath, every action taken against our neighbor.

Yes, one day we will all stand and give an account of everything we have ever said and done. It will be all on our own shoulders. No one else will be to blame. All accountability is on us alone. So may we find repentance today to find grace on that day instead of judgment.

McIntosh County Democrat

300-A S. Broadway
Checotah, OK 74426
(918) 473-2313