Waving the White Flag

Recently I heard “White Flag Warrior” by Flobots (featuring Tim McIlrath) and it started me thinking about the warrior within.  Boys are constantly told that, to become men, they must be willing to stand and fight for something, they cannot let others push them around, they have to bloody their hands.  Society is lying to them. 

We’d rather make our children
Martyrs than murderers
We’d rather make our children
White flag warriors
 – Flobots

When faced with violence, man’s natural reaction is to lash back.  We give into the anger because it is the easiest path.  The path of least resistance.  We’ve all been told to hit back.  Fight for those you love.  As a young boy, I was told that if someone hits me, to hit ’em back twice as hard.  But that is the easy way out. 

So you have heard that it is said, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
 – Matthew 5:38-39

Stop.  Don’t react.  Breath.  Think.

Rage builds within us all.  Anger boils over.  Inside we are the demon that we fear, ready to break out, to lash out and kill.  Ready to scream.  To shout.  To curse.  To strike back. 

It doesn’t take much to react to what happens around us.  But to stop and turn away, that takes strength.  It takes everything in us to walk away.  To quiet our tongue. 

Yes, we can still be angry, but do not act on it. 

In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your heart and be silent.
 – Psalm 4:4

While the New International Version sais it well, take a look at the New Living Translation

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.  Think about it overnight and be silent.
 – Psalm 4:4

We have a choice.  Do we act like children and give into our anger, striking back at whatever it is that is bothering us.  Or do we become Men and learn the way of Christ, peace. 

I’m not saying to surrender.  The battle is not won by reacting in anger, but by finding how to fight like a man, with courage, strength and clarity of mind. 

God Bless and PEACE

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1 Comment »

  1. Anonymous Said:

    so true


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