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Hate-speech, Peace-speech and wicked neighbours.

August 16, 2017
Holding up my attitudes, politics, ideologies, claims of goodwill and best intentions to the light of today’s daily lectionary, Psalm 28, which speaks of
 
“the wicked,
those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors,
while mischief is in their hearts.”
 
tough words of suspicion interrogating any us who saying claim a posture of peace, saying
‘we don’t mean to offend/upset/hurt anyone, but…’
 
and I remember that the psalms express life within the community of God’s people, the faithing ones of God, the faithing ones in God, which (it often appears) include the wicked.
Hate-speech is explicitly wicked. Easy to catch. 
How do I discern wicked peace-speech? Harder to pick. 
Am I a wicked peace-speaker to my neighbours?
Am I complicit in wicked peace-speech?
What is the difference between peace-speaking (wicked)
and peace-making (blessed; Matt 5)
speakpeacewithneighbour

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