Words Matter

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Every so often I think we get too far into the weeds of life to be able to see what really matters. So let’s step back a second and look at a couple of big picture things. When Jesus was asked what the “greatest” commandment was, he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22:36-40)

The second of these two commandments is tied to what people understand to be the “Golden Rule,” something we were taught even in secular grade school. You know the Rule – basically it says to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. You don’t even have to be a follower of Jesus to know the Rule; indeed, it’s a fundamental tenant of virtually every major religion and of groups founded merely on moral or ethical conduct toward humanity. In fact, there’s really only formal religion that doesn’t follow it. Satanism, as a religion, actually follows a kind of backward version, which says to “do unto to others as they do unto to you.” That means that if someone treats you badly, go ahead and treat them badly in return.

So think about that fact for a second. Think about the fact that a fundamental pillar of LaVeyan Satanism is to exact revenge on those who do you wrong as you read the following quote by one of our presidential candidates:

When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get Even!’ That is not typical advice, but it is real life advice. If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck! When people wrong you, go after those people because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I love getting even. I get screwed all the time. I go after people, and you know what? People do not play around with me as much as they do with others. They know that if they do, they are in for a big fight.

Words matter. And we should expect better words from the people who intend to lead us.

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