The Best Assignment

The average citizen, thinks we are wasting money. While that is true, I think the bigger issue goes back to the ways we treat each other.

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, New International Version).

When I was teaching high school government a couple of years ago, toward the end of the semester. I felt like I needed another grade in the gradebook, I had already given them writing assignments.

We were talking about the presidency during class and I decided to do something different. We spent a couple of days watching old campaign commercials. We discussed how the commercials were made, why the candidate would want to communicate that particular message.

After watching those commercial along with quite a bit of discussion. I gave the assignment. I split classes in half. One because the “Purple” party. The other half was the yellow party (school colors). From their “party” they were to select candidates for president and vice president. Within the structure they had to have that much but they could also add to it as well. Their campaign was to create a television ad for their candidate.

Unlike times past (…back before the turn of the century…) they could do more than simply write out a script and stand in front of the house. They were to write a script and then record the commercial itself, using the cameras on their phones.

To say I was surprised at the result would be an understatement. Their commercials were very well done. They didn’t do a 30 second “Here I am” ad. The commercials had a lot of reasons why someone should vote for their candidate. But the biggest thing was, there was no mud slinging back and forth. It was a, “Just the Facts” kind of commercial.

I am a student of campaign commercials. But I am also having a bigger problem. Both of our political parties have grown further and further apart. They have polarized the citizens of this country and worked hard to create an attitude of mistrust, childishness, and intolerance for anything or anyone with an attitude or belief different from their own.

The end result has become a greater and greater separation and intolerance for those on the other side. It has forced people to move out into the extremes.

Then along comes this week’s debate and all the slamming of not just each others but anyone who would have an idea or suggestion.

All this is to say, we not only have an intolerance of each other’s political beliefs but it has grown. “If you disagree with me, then you are my enemy.”

It bothers me to hear the constant level of junk from both sides. There is an unwillingness to compromise no matter how much voters may actually want it. And, we treat those on the other side badly, just because we don’t agree.

The problem to me is, there is nothing of real substance here and none of them can do it on their own. If they did that our process would be far better. Up to this point, it keeps getting worse because we just leave others wounded, battered, and beaten in ways damaging to the Kingdom, painful to the one who gives us light, life, and love.

Paul opens 1 Corinthians1 13 by saying, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” And, what we keep hearing are gongs a cymbals.

Then, after all that, there are two men running for governor of Utah, Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson. They decided to do a campaign commercial that would feature them both. Take a look.

What a breath of fresh air. There is much more that unites us than divides us. Yes, I have my political opinions as do you. We need, however, to stop and listen to the voices of others. Each of us are people of value and what each person has to say, “I think this. You think that. Let’s sit down and work out a plan to see it through.

No, we will not always agree. This post is intended to be anything but that. We are loud and often don’t agree but God is still with us, and still loves us and GOD will see us through.

Cox and Peterson are making some progress. I pray they will continue and that others might follow their example.

Be blessed

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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