The monkey business of bitterness

“Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 5:24

Christians are called to be peacemakers.

This means sometimes we are also called to reconcile. That said, I’m going to tell you the true story of reconciliation between a man and a monkey.

A few years ago, a certain zoo was making some renovations. A concrete truck driver, we’ll call him Jethro, was sent near the monkey enclosure to pour concrete.

All day one mischevious monkey was harassing poor Jethro. The monkey would throw food and dirt at him, all while laughing in his face. Jethro said to himself “I’ll get you back before I leave, monkey.”

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And to the Republic, for which it stands ...EDITOR:

It’s time for Americans to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, come out of their stupors and realize what is happening to this great nation of ours.

Somewhere over the past 230-plus years, people have been groomed or conditioned to believe that the United States is a democracy, when in reality, it is a republic. Our forefathers were visionaries before their time, and never intended for the United States to be a democracy.

According to Diane Dimond, an author and journalist, knowing the difference between a republic and a democracy is important because of today’s debate about social equality and government involvement in our lives.

She describes a republic as being guided by a charter or constitution, which explicitly guarantees individuals’ rights against the desires of the majority, i.e., that each of us has the indisputable right to think, worship and vote anyway we want. In contrast, Dimond explains that a true democracy allows the majority to rule and to disregard the desires of any individual who doesn’t agree with them.

While most people have been taught that “majority rule” is the fairest form of government, Dimond thinks that it is quite the opposite; in other words, she thinks that it destroys individualism and can foster a pack-thought mentality.

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