Recently, a conservative speaker was invited to speak at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. During his speech he was assaulted by a protesting student.
Subsequently, the Chancellor issued a response carefully addressing the university’s obligation to free speech. But the letter undermined that freedom by embracing the LGBT community’s views while condemning the views of the campus conservatives.
Sadly, the Chancellor never apologized to the speaker who was assaulted on campus. Words matter, both spoken and unspoken.
Proverbs 12:18 says, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
The Chancellor could have brought healing to both sides, instead his words brought division.
When you address divisive issues, consider how your words will impact all parties. Healing comes when both sides are respected.