From the Lenten Devotional Words Matter.
Read Exodus 17:1-7
I remember when Representative Giffords was shot, everyone was yelling and screaming that it was because of the hate and vitriol being spewed around by the far Right. I will admit I thought so. And then my friend Katie Mulligan pointed out that the Left commentators (notably Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann) were guilty of poking the tiger in the eye. There was plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the political discourse. (On a personal note, I love Rachel and Keith and their acerbic wit, but I agree that their comments sometimes crossed the line.)
This lesson asks us “When do sarcastic words and actions stop being funny and start being hurtful? How do you draw the line?”
Notice the Lord tells Moses to stand in front of the people – not answer them – just gather a community of leaders and go in front of the people. Moses didn’t get defensive or answer fighting words with more anger or arm himself – just in case. He dealt with the source of the problem.
Let’s pray that we have sense enough to be like Moses and deal with the problem, rather than fighting back.