Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

by Reverend Dan on January 6, 2021

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

                                                                                    Proverbs 15:1


I saw a report on the internet that WSOC down in Charlotte ran recently.  A man in Florida was jailed for assaulting another man, but the conflict was not because of any of the usual reason’s men fight: a woman, money, or sports. According to a post on Facebook by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a man was charged with aggravated battery in connection with an altercation with his cousin, who sustained injuries from a pocketknife. Authorities and witnesses confirmed that the argument was over . . .


. . . wait for it . . .


. . . here it comes . . .


. . . whether almond milk was superior to whole milk.


I kid you not.


What started out as a verbal argument became physical when the assailant became enraged at his cousin for daring to disagree with him about the superiority of almond milk. According to court documents, the assailant punched his cousin on the left side of his head, knocking him back a few steps. When the cousin gathered himself, he began to fight back and that’s when the assailant pulled his pocketknife. As soon as the victim saw the knife, he was scared of what the man might do and started to run away as his attacker chased him through the front yard.


I’m not sure whether any milk was spilled in the incident, but if it was, I hope no one cried over it. (I crack myself up.)


“Choose your battles” comes immediately to mind here. If you’re going to take a stand about something, don’t waste time and energy over trivial things. When we do that, our credibility as Christians takes a hit and we lose the ability to impact the things that really matter when we have the chance.


Plus, everyone knows . . . whole milk wins hands down.


Father forgive us when we cause anger and divisiveness with our words. May everything we say and the way we say it honor You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.