Lowest of the Low

Ecclesiastes 2:14

14 The wise have eyes in their heads,   while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.

When El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcido was secretly recorded telling his students that members of the military were “dumb” and the “lowest of the low,” the public outcry was swift and withering. Angry community members called for Salcido’s firing. El Rancho Unified School District released a report that suggests Salcido’s firing was not based on a single classroom diatribe. Instead, the report suggests the firing was based on a pattern of alleged outrageous behavior that included “bullying” students with disparaging comments and “corporal punishment”; improper use of a classroom computer; and the shocking use of profanity and racial slurs in front of students and staff. “The students that get the most bullying follow a pattern where they are White, Asian, Pro military, Christian or gay,” the investigator noted in the report. “During the last decade Mr. Salcido has received numerous letters of reprimand” as well as memos about his “unacceptable behavior and verbal guidance not to swear, name call, threaten, kick out of class, use racist remarks or bully the students,” the report says.

Whatever his reason of feeling superior over his students, his assumption of being wiser person in the room did not save him from being fired from his job. The wisest teacher teaches in Proverbs 14:3, 3A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. This is a reminder for us to be careful of our heart because it dictates what we say. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-19, 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Christ our Creator did not specifically pertain to wise or fool person.

Everyone is vulnerable to making one’s self look foolish. Foolish talk can destroy even the best established friendship or relation.

We need Christ to reign in our heart always for us to avoid saying things unfavorable to us or detrimental to others.

Lord Jesus, please fill my heart with Your Spirit always.

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