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Putting aside the social and political issues many find themselves embroiled in today, have you taken a moment to recognize that we generally enjoy a moderate level of peace and civility in society?  And if you can't see that, then isn't this something you would want, and would enjoy?  Unfortunately, many have either forgotten, or they haven't taken the time to see, that peace and civility don't come about by chance... they come at a price.  They come by people -- all of us -- choosing to be civil, moral and just.  There are those who are determined to lead us down a road of strife and hatred few of us have seen the results of.  If we follow, our world is going to change, and not for the better.  The peace and civility we have enjoyed will go away, and we will reap the terrible and unforeseen consequences of our actions.  Stop lashing out at others believing you are somehow justified in doing so.  Stop vilifying others, lying about others, and assuming the worst of them.  And stop allowing people to stir up strife and anger within you.  We are more alike than we are different.  Choose to have respect for your fellow man regardless of whether you agree or disagree with them; the state of our households, our communities, and our country depends on it.  Matthew 5:43-44 (NIV) You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

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