Beware of dead flies

Remember when that now infamous fly landed on Mike Pence’s head during the VP debate with Kamala Harris? It was unfortunate and untimely to say the least. I couldn’t help but wonder what the conservative right, and this ugly version of the Republican Party, would say if a fly landed on the head of Kamala Harris?

It might have sounded something like this:

“Flies are usually a sign of a demonic presence.”

“She could be a witch.”

“She’s really Hillary Clinton!”

“She could be the antichrist.”

“She is the antichrist!”

Let’s consider what the book of Ecclesiastes says,

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:1, KJV

Dead flies can be inappropriate jokes or profane senses of humor. Dead flies can be obscene stories or ill-timed castigations. Dead flies can be unwarranted or unfounded prejudices. Dead flies can be long-harbored grudges or unresolved bitter feelings. Here is the lesson: Dead things rot, decompose, and decay and will eventually pollute anything sweet or savory around it.

God help us to keep the apothecary of our attitudes, actions, and aspirations a sweet-smelling concoction of love, joy, and peace. God help us to be diligent and self-aware enough to keep the flies away from our spirits before they pollute and spoil the whole pot.

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