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verse 8: “Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.”

If you search for “Vancouver riots 2011 news”, you will still find plenty of information on the aftermath of the NHL Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately in the last several years, we have seen scenes of the winning team’s fans going nuts in the streets, prompting some police arrests. However, the Vancouver riots were from the losing team’s fans! There were some accounts as well that some general anarchists and hooligans used the loss and the fans’ initial rioting to engage in mayhem as well. Scenes from Vancouver of violence and fires seemed to fill television and Internet news programs. Local residents were appalled at the behavior and saddened at the “black eye” it gave the city of Vancouver.

The term scorn, according to Merriam-Webster online, means:
1. open dislike and disrespect or derision often mixed with indignation
2. an expression of contempt or derision
3. an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision : something contemptible
( See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorn)

I can see examples of that daily in the news as we enter the national presidential campaigns, as we hear the saber-rattling of nations against other nations, as we see the receding of calm discussion and debate give way to the yelling “sound-bite” of the moment. More than ever, this is when we need cooler heads to prevail. Solomon, the wisest man in the world at the time, recognized this. Always remember, too, that above all the din…God is still in control. Pray that our leaders would seek His wisdom to keep the city from being set aflame, so to speak.

Something to think about.

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