Every year panic triggers some sort of horrific event. Whether its at a concert, escaping a fire or fleeing a terrorist attack, fear often leads to individuals to trample upon anyone who gets in the way. In 2008, a Walmart employee from Long Island, New York died after wild shoppers on Black Friday began running to claim limited specials once the doors were opened.
But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd, Acts 17:5.
Unfortunately, there is more than one way to be trampled. Anyone who uses social media can be verbally run over following a post that offends and upsets followers. Several teenagers have committed suicide in the past 5 years shortly after being bullied, embarrassed or harassed by their peers. While some of the content posted was self-inflicted, a spirit of gossip is encouraging many to pile on with one sarcastic comment after the other.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends, Proverbs 16:28.
I hope that some day soon the citizens of America will come to their senses. Sure, I like a good laugh, but it appears the line between right and wrong has shrunk. Subsequently, innocent people are being trampled and discarded without any remorse or sorrow. Trashing anyone who disagrees with your worldview is not the answer. Instead, may God have mercy on us, extend grace to the hurting and save this divided nation from further trampling.
by Jay Mankus