Hate in your headlines?

The headlines used phrases like "ignites passions of the neglected," "impatience ... grows," "worries about growing threat." They were describing national and international situations. But they could have been headlines about my own life.

I was angry about a conflict with someone working on a project with me. While I had been praying to love this individual, my effort was liberally mixed with suspicion, pride, fear. At one point, I looked up and noticed those headlines in a copy of The Christian Science Monitor. Then I started reading one of the stories—about efforts to ward off soccer fan violence. I stopped short at one comment from a security official. Speaking of people who come to soccer matches just to cause trouble, he said, "The real hard core get their kicks by organizing confrontations and watching them take place" (June 7, 1996).

In next week's SENTINEL
October 21, 1996

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