Build each other up
August 5, 2017
Honestly, I'm growing weary of the political news. I love America, I think democracy is the best idea for governing a nation that humans have come up with, and I have traveled enough to know that with all the problems, and divisiveness here, we are still very blessed to live where we do. But I'm tired of the nasty.
People on every side of every issue seemingly have to be loud and insulting toward everyone else in order to be heard, and the conversation has, at times, become personal, biting and crass. Instead of looking to work together and partner with others on the issues and opportunities where they can agree, it seems pundits and politicians are looking for another opportunity to take a verbal shot at "the other side" whenever it would make for political advantage or public reaction points.
And I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. Many have said the same thing in one form or another: can the angry, divisive, insulting and crass conversation in our culture just please tone it down?
But what can be done about this? Washington, D.C. is long way from the Carson Valley, and it's hard for folks on television and in politics to hear from us "regular folk." Can we make a difference? If so, how?
Whether anyone on the cable news shows or talk radio ever hears us or connects to this idea, there is a simple but powerful step that each of us can take to make the world a better place. It's practical, and it's completely accessible to every single one of us, no matter what age or stage of life, no matter what economic or social strata we represent. We can all choose to be encouragers to the people around us. The world does a fine job of tearing people down, so what would happen if we all decided to build each other up around here? What if we chose to use our words to speak encouragement and life instead of adding to the negative noise all around us?
The Apostle Paul had some powerful words for us to remember in our own lives as we attempt to make at least our corner of the world a less crass, more positive place. He said in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." He compliments the people of church in Thessalonica for already being on board with this concept, and he encourages them to keep encouraging! "…build each other up…" is a fantastic way of dealing with the people around you in your life. You do not have to agree with someone on every point and policy in order to be an encourager, you simply have to find two things: something positive to say and the courage to say it.
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What would happen if our corner of Nevada became a community where people intentionally encouraged others? Who can you build up today?
Pastor Bill McCready of LifePoint Church is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers' Association.