Over the last couple of days, as John McCain announced his choice for his VP running mate (Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska), I have watched and participated in blog discussions about that choice - and about Barak Obama. As I knew would happen, there were some incredibly ridiculous things said about both of them, and I found myself correcting a few commenters who were misquoting people and making outrageous statements.
On another blog I frequent, there were a couple of posts that really stirred the pot. Why is not important for this post, but emotions were roiling on both sites, and I found myself thinking over and over again that people needed to stop and think before they commented - and that people needed to check out rumors before they forwarded them - and that people needed to be respectful in their dissent.
In the midst of those experiences, I found myself more than once deleting a comment I had typed in reaction to someone else and either abandoning the response completely or modifying it greatly. Much of that was due to my focus on anger this month, and I just want to emphasize once again how much power there is in focused efforts to develop godly characteristics.