At the top and bottom of every hour, news updates distinguish the important issues from the trivial. These sound bytes shape the daily talking points found on the front page of national publications. Yet, who decides this information, what measuring stick is used and how is content filtered? If you read between the lines, it appears that some entity, group or individual is hijacking controversial.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged,” Matthew 7:1.
While the definition of controversial refers to giving rise to public disagreement, the media is slanting this term based upon a secular worldview. Subsequently, anything related to Trump must be controversial. As if trying to alter thoughts, poison minds and scare the uninformed, this strategy has been successful up to this date in time. However, in this age of social media controlled by political outsiders, perhaps controversial will be set free.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, Matthew 7:2.
Like any person who ages, I have changed with the times. In some areas I have become more conservative and liberal in others. Yet, I don’t go out of my way to define others who share different beliefs as controversial. In his sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded his audience about the danger of judging others. May this practical advice change the current tide to release controversial back to its original intent. And by doing so, the world will end up becoming a more pleasant place to reside.
by Jay Mankus