The atmosphere in Ghana is slowly getting charged towards the upcoming elections. Tempers easily flair and with the EC’s disqualification of more than half of the parties and individuals vying to compete for the position of the ruling party of the nation, the scale of anger has been tipped even more.
Last week on one social media platform, as I scrolled I saw someone’s post and I just couldn’t let it go without commenting.
He had a gun and had illegally shot it!
Today on our premier post for our peace series, I will speak on the gun you possess and it’s bullets.
I presume everyone already knows what a gun is. However, what is the use of a gun if it contains no bullets? Would you quiver if I showed an empty gun in your face and tried shooting. I doubt you would skake if you were certain that my gun was empty and had no way of releasing a bullet.
As our able lawyers would say- I put it to you, that you possess a gun and bullets. You might not know the brand or kind but you do own one.
Your mouth is your gun and your words are your bullets.
One day in Rwanda, someone called another a cockroach and then war began. Someone shot a bullet of words from the gun of his mouth. He began a whole war by speaking wrongly of another person in another tribe.
It’s very interesting how some of us, in the name of being patriotic to our parties speak words of no caution. Calling unwholesome names, writing derogatory words and basically starting a fight. Wars don’t get sparked up because we feel like fighting, most times wars begin when a wrong word, sentence or phrase is used to the detriment of another. The Bible tells us about the power of our tongue and our words.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29, ESV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21, ESV
May we apply the wisdom of the Bible and season our words right so we do not fire shots that would begin a war on our motherland. We don’t just need peace, it is our responsibility as individuals to ensure that we maintain peace for our own selves.
So next time you are tempted to say or write something harsh even as a comeback to a political comment, remember you possess a gun and any wrong move might cause you to shoot and start a war.
It is your personal responsibility to maintain peace. We count on you.
God bless you.