We’ve all known toxic people, people who poison the environment with their hatred and negativity. Vitriolic, vindictive, malevolent, they insert their fangs into tender flesh and the venom quickly spreads. I wish I didn’t have to think about toxic people but I can’t deny their existence.
Today, the most virulent voices are attacking the children who are trying to save lives by fighting for commonsense gun control legislation. This week, one of the most vile people on the planet said that the children who are protesting gun violence have no soul. He called them ignorant. He called them liars. And of course, his is not the only “conservative” voice spreading vitriol in an attempt to silence the children.
I stand with the kids. Their souls are beautiful to me. Their lives are precious to me. They do not speak with virulent voices but with voices of valor.
If I could give advice to these young activists, it would be this: Do not be afraid of them. Speak in the light. Proclaim the truth. They cannot kill your soul.
Fear God Alone
So do not be afraid of them. For nothing is concealed that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.