Beware of dead flies

There was a lot of discussion this week about the now infamous fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head during the VP debate with Kamala Harris. I can’t help but wonder what the conservative right and this version of the Republican Party would have said had a fly landed on Hillary Clinton’s head and hung out for a while. Can you hear the chatter now?

“Flies are usually the moniker of a demonic presence.”

“She could be the antichrist.”

“She is the antichrist!”

Ecclesiastes 10:1 came to my mind a lot this week…

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 bad attitudes. Dead flies can be unwarranted prejudices. Dead flies can be long-harbored grudges. Dead things rot and decay and can pollute anything sweet around it. God help us to be diligent and self-aware enough to keep the flies away before they spoil the whole pot.

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