Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!
Before The Mandalorian told us that "This is the way" as he protected that undeniably cute baby Yoda (spawning COUNTLESS memes), Jesus had already come before and shook up the world as he claimed and proved to be "the Way", the Truth, and the life (John 14:6), and Paul who was once persecuting the followers of "The Way" was now claiming to be a follower of the teachings of "the Way" (Acts 24:14).
I've started noticing a trend with some (not all or even most) Christians, especially male Christians, and even more specifically male Christians who would consider themselves "culturally engaged" or taking on cultural ideologies that conflict with Biblical principles and moral standards found in the Bible. That trend is this...any time someone (like myself) mentions that we as believers need to love others better (not just those within the church, but also those outside of the church) and be kinder, more patient, and more gentle with people...there seems to rise up from the ranks of the individuals I mentioned above an immediate defensive posture, and their responses come across as almost a disdain for what is being said.
After watching the western church response to John MacArthur/Beth Moore, Kanye, then Kanye/Joel Osteen, and now Chick-fil-A I can confidently say that the reality is these folks get triggered just as easily as their liberal and millennial counterparts…they just get triggered over different things.
We are a little over a week away from Thanksgiving...one of my all-time favorite holidays...because let's face it...I LOVE FOOD! But, over the years I've observed interactions between families--not just my own - I love my family!...but also from other families--and it is interesting to see how holidays, such as Thanksgiving, that should be bringing people together and filling homes and hearts with joy and fellowship...can be one of the biggest stresses on relationships in the existence of the world.