Remember last October 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 could be the antichrist.”
“She is the antichrist!”
Ecclesiastes 10:1 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.
Dead flies can be an inappropriate jokes or a 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 before they pollute and spoil the whole pot.