This headline caught my attention: “World Peace Bashes Man in the Head.”
The article explains that Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers had been known as a “Bad Boy” in the NBA for the early part of his career. It was not uncommon for Artest to get into fights, scuffles, and confrontations leading to league suspensions.
In an effort to rehabilitate his image, Artest officially changed his legal name to ‘Metta World Peace.’ Unfortunately, he recently threw a vicious elbow to the head of another NBA player and received a 7 game suspension.
I guess a new name did not change his character after all. As I thought about that story, I was reminded of what it really means to be called a Christian and how too often Christians go around bashing each other in the head. Christians take an upper-cut to another’s successes, a right-hook to rub in someone’s failure, or a jaw-breaker to judge the behaviors of others.
However, Jesus said it should not be that way; instead He said, “Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
So, do not spend your day bashing others in the head; instead love them as Christ would.
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton Ph.D