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BY REV. DONNA SCHAPER

September 10, 2020


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Trump visited Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan last Thanksgiving. (Alex Brandon/AP)
"Trump called American war dead ‘suckers’ and ‘losers,' report claims" - via The Guardian.

Back in January, Military Times reported similar words: "President Donald Trump blasted top military officials as 'losers' and 'a bunch of dopes and babies' for a lack of success in the recent wars during a tense meeting early in his presidency that set a negative tone for the relationship between the Pentagon and White House."
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. - Isaiah 55:10-13 (KJV)
There are consequences to things. If the rain comes or the winter has a lot of snow, there will be water sufficient to bud the flower and create seed for each season. The seeds for the season will result in bread for the eater. Things will go well. Consequences that we want will appear. We want bread. It needs water.  We want flowers. They need water. Thus, the rain.

Rain also destroys our picnics. Rain also disrupts our plans. Nevertheless, without rain, we would be very unhappy.

Learning to appreciate rain might be a good idea.

Similarly, when we call each other names, like losers or dummies, there is a breach of confidence. Consequences follow. People who might have done something for their country, as they saw it, might not be so willing the next time. People who lived away from their families in faraway lands might not be so willing to do that again. People who feel disrespected or are not appreciated often sour themselves and go on to sour others. If they have anger-management issues, being disrespected and unappreciated will make those issues worse. Domestic violence will increase. Self-harming behavior will increase. Things will go from bad to worse, just because someone was undisciplined or careless enough to call people names.

Name-calling has consequences, in good will that is lost. It’s not just lost once; it is lost over and over again in a downward raging spiral.

The spiral is not just personal or individual. One wonders about why the leader of one of the largest countries in the free world needs to have so many enemies. Why are other people rarely praised and so often denigrated? Why take out an entire group? Doesn’t behavior like that make the leader look bad in the eyes of the people? For me, as a patriotic American, yup, I find myself embarrassed at the behavior of my leader. Even I, who never fought in a war, get caught in the bad energy of someone I’d love to call a loser or a dummy. I won’t. It’s too expensive.

Unlike the rain, name-calling just brings everybody down.
When we are tempted to call someone a name, like dummy or loser, or idiot or jerk, or worse, even If we have just been cut off by a dangerous driver and are genuinely mad and potentially endangered, let us think about the consequences. What might happen that we wouldn’t want to happen?
God, help us understand how much we need water and how much we don’t need name-calling. Amen.
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