The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 22, 2013

We are all held accountable, my friends

Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — This just in ... Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract … Paula Deen’s words bring down her empire … Paula Deen admits to using the N-word … Paula Deen apologizes. These have been the headlines in almost every newspaper in the country these past few days, especially those in the tabloids.

I can’t even imagine what she must be going through right now. She, for sure, needs our prayers. She needs our compassion and forgiveness.

Nobody know’s how much Paula is hurting right now. Friends, not one us has gone untouched by the words of our own mouth, not one of us can say we have never said or done anything that wasn’t offensive or hurtful to someone else. Not one of us can throw that first stone.

No question about it … she was wrong to say what she did. But I wholeheartedly do not think she did it intentionally, with malice, when there are rappers out there that purposely direct their vulgar and hateful lyrics and music toward our flag, our country, our God and our children. Yet, this is acceptable! Really? We just let it slide by, saying “what’s this world coming to?”

Look at the group that call themselves “Christians,” yet, they travel hundreds of miles just to protest a funeral being held for a fallen soldier, who served our country to his death. What about that young man pictured dancing on our flag as he rapped and sang some stupid song. Yet, I don’t see anyone taking them to court.

No, we are too busy taking prayer out of school and pulling the Ten Commandments off the walls and courtyards of our courthouses. We are too busy finding ways to take Jesus out of Christmas. Happy holidays y’all!  Really? It’s time we cleaned up our own backyards before trashing someone elses.

Yes, I am angry! This whole thing has stirred a hornet’s nest in me. It has served to show me, more now than ever, that Jesus knew exactly what He was talking about when He said we are like sheep, gone astray. People, we will follow a dog right into a dog fight, if it’s “politically correct” … “ if it feels good.” That’s why it’s so important to have the right leaders in our cities, in these United States. And that’s another sermon, not going there right now.

As much as my heart goes out to Paula Deen and the dilemma she has gotten herself into, I have to say it came by the words of her own mouth. We can’t get so big for our britches, people, that we think we are above reproach.

We are all held accountable, my friends. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 4:5: “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.”

Then, there’s my favorite. Jesus said it in Luke 12:3: “Therefore, whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” Read it for yourself, it’s written in red. That pretty much covers it all, so be careful little mouth what you say.

Right words feed and sustain those around us, they bring health and healing. Right words encourage and build up, even when we speak them to ourself.

Especially when we speak them to ourself. David did. Scripture says he encouraged himself in the Lord at a time when he really messed up.

I pray, Paula Deen can do like David did and encourage herself in the Lord. Sometimes, when we feel like the whole world is against us, that’s all we have. My guess is, that’s right where God wants us. He does His best work when we have hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere to look, but up.

Motivating yourself is not only scriptural, its necessary if you want to stay afloat. We have all served time behind the bars of “condemnation and lack of motivation” more than once in our life time.

Some of the greatest among us have suffered the consequences of “giving up.” The difference being was their ability to renew their mind, encourage themselves and be enthusiastic about the next chapter in their lives. I promise you, my friends, there is always a next chapter, and we are the author.

Even Jesus had His hour of crisis in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He sweat great drops of blood.

I have a feeling if He was gonna have a moment of “lost motivation,” it would be then. But He said, “Not my will, but thine be done.” Or at the cross, when He cried out “Father, why have you forsaken me?” Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale … Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. Point being … put on your big girl and big boy panties, take God at His word, change your attitude, change the words of your mouth and that will change your atmosphere, which in turn will change your life. God is faithful, church, and He will never leave you or forsake you.

It’s time to stop being a back-bitter, a gossip with a bad attitude and low self-esteem, and start changing the climate and atmosphere around us by the very words of our mouth. It’s time to take on an attitude of kindness and a forgiving spirit. Be nice to those around us. “Be sweet, Patti,” my mom would say. “You catch more flies with honey.”

Catch some faith and hold on … for God is good … all the time!

Keep the faith and worship somewhere today.



Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at psorrels@enidnews.com or at (580) 548-8140.