Fingers and Pens

Pointing a finger at someone is considered rude behaviour.

If you are lecturing someone, while speaking loudly, and pointing a finger at them at the same time , this behaviour is perceived as aggressive.

Last night I witnessed how a pen can add to this aggressive posturing.

I was watching the US presidential debate.

One of the candidates brought a black pen to the podium with him.

There was obviously no time for writing anything during this fast-paced interchange.

The candidate held the pen in his right hand, and repeatedly used it to point at his opponent. The body language was aggressive. What was his purpose in repeatedly pointing that pen at a fellow politician ?

If I had been his opponent, I would have asked him to stop pointing that pen at me.

Often people in the media will hold onto a pen as a prop, perhaps to give the impression that they need to be prepared to write down something very important, at any moment. This is usually not the case.

I am going to stay away from the media until after the election.

I will choose to pray, since our prayers are greatly needed at this time.

The Lord asks us to pray for our leaders, and those in authority, so that under their leadership we can lead peaceful lives.

May God bless America.

The pictured pen is a gift my husband gave me years ago when I completed my Doctorate.

I have never used it to point at anyone.

33 thoughts on “Fingers and Pens

  1. Sadly politics is a dirty business full of dirty tricks. I am not surprised why so many Christians (and also non-Christians) are turned off by elections. You are not alone Sally in choosing to take positive action in prayer, may God’s purpose be served in the US election. Incidentally, that is a beautiful looking pen sister!

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    1. Thanks, Alan, it is treasured by me, as it is a gift from my husband. It is 30 years old. πŸŒΌπŸ€— Amen, ‘may God’s purpose be served in the US election’.

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  2. Yep. The state of our world in general and politics in particular is so dismaying. Prayer is the biggest force in our lives much too often ignored. If only more could cease their bickering and aggression to humble themselves before the Lord! Thank you for your excellent point! 😊

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    1. Yes, I agree. I have this dream, that political leaders would humble themselves before the Lord, and ask for his help.
      One day, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.
      Thanks for your comment. 🌼

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      1. Thank-you, Wendi, and you also have received a wonderful blessing in your cheerful encouragement of others. The gift of encouragement builds us up as the Body of Christ. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  3. I hate when someone points a finger at me and tries to lecture me! My friend I should say ex-friend use to do just that! I got tired of that and gave her the heave hoe. I love this blog keep up the good work! Have a blessed day!

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  4. I believe that media is a reflection of the larger society. However, the church is the conscience of the nation, more Christians should go into the media space and also participate in politics.

    Do everything to guard your heart.
    That’s a beautiful pen, Sally.
    Be blessed.

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  5. Sally I decided not to weigh in on the presidential elections but I must concur that the pen is mightier than the sword in this case—it’s fencing with words. Have a great weekend. Blessings and Peace.

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  6. You are very observant, Sally. Pointing a pen or finger at someone is very rude. However, politics have become a dirty game these days. It is sad to see adult, intellegent and mature people resort to name calling and pen pointing in the public. What will they do privately? Yes we need to pray! May God help us.

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  7. Hi Sally,
    I agree with you totally, often we use objects as props and sometimes not for the purpose that they were intended for.
    It is a really positive thing that you have said about prayers and no matter what your political persuasions are I am sure that he will bless you and your nation.
    I also used to own a Mont Blanc some years ago but lost it in a move, beautiful pens that write beautifully but not much good as pointers.
    Stay safe and well my friend. πŸ€—πŸ™

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