Sunday, January 29, 2012
Fencing is an exhilarating sport not only for the hand-to-eye coordination but the fancy footwork. In the game of foil fencing you must touch your opponent with the balled tip of your foil somewhere on his torso. It is a beautiful sport to watch because of its fluent moves. You can learn more about the game here: Fencing
In centuries past sword fighting was a means of defense. It was also used to settle disputes between two men. This was the duel. Duels are no longer accepted as the honorable way to settle a dispute as it has been in the past. Here is a fencing scene from an old movie that will make you laugh: The Court Jester 1955
Now, I want to get serious.....Today we seem to think a war of words is the way to go. As the political rhetoric heats up in this election year the mudslinging, innuendo, and out-and-out lies are being thrown about. This is not an honorable way to settle our disputes with one another. How much more productive it would be to attack the issues at hand where meaningful dialogue might arrive at solutions. It's not a matter of them vs. us, but rather problems vs. solutions.
Father, may I see past the rhetoric and seek to love even those who do not agree with me.
Link to scripture:http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/5-43.htm