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The Danger Of Aggressive Behavior

By Don Loftis | 08.08.18

Last weekend a brawl was caught on film at the New Red Apple Nails Salon in Brooklyn, NY.  A customer refused to pay $5.00 for the stylist’s work on her eyebrows.  The ensuing verbal altercation led to pushing, punching, and chair tossing.  The customer’s grandmother was hit by a broom and sprayed with finger nail polish remover.  The store is still closed, while other patrons protest outside the facility, desiring that it be permanently closed.

 

We are amazed at how such a turmoil could take place in a salon.  Yet, it happens every day on the highways, as angry motorists rage at those with whom they share the road.  It happens at ballgames, as parents assail umpires or coaches.  It happens in domestic disputes over trivial issues that sometimes cannot even be accurately recalled.

 

As Christians, we need to be reminded of those truly counter-cultural concepts such as, “turn the other cheek.”  Have we forgotten “never take revenge,” or “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those that curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”?  The apostle Paul did teach that it was better to accept being wronged than to cause a rift.

 

By the way, both the customer and the stylist were arrested and taken to jail.  Jesus’ warning in Mt. 5:25 proves again to be wise advice: “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”  Who says that society is better off without the guidelines of Scripture?

 


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