Monday Musings for March 26, 2018

Good morning, Musers,

I have a devotional thought today… and it’s about the tongue. Gone are the days when we could just walk away from the more acerbic of our fellows, and — by a feat of physics (the inverse-square law) — move out of range. The popularity of social media proves that’s not what we’re really interested in. In fact, the more outrageous the person, the more it seems we want to hear what they have to say.

Okay… so we have overcome the natural limits of distances with electronics. Good for us. But how is it not self-harm? The tongue — whether directly or by media — is a flaming fire. Why exacerbate misery by engaging more and more with increasingly shallow (or outright harmful) programs or news feeds?

The rule of supply and demand says that the more there is of something the less expensive it tends to be. Perhaps this is why talk is cheap. There’s more of it than ever! But is it really cheap when it cuts a swath through decorum… when it alienates people… or when it trashes a Christian’s testimony? Can any of us really afford that kind of bargain?

Technical advances may make us more efficient (as in nuclear power), but they don’t make us any wiser (as in nuclear bombs)… and the tongue is an exact parallel. We can use it to encourage mightily or to destroy profoundly. It is simply our choice.

This is why James warned us to chose our words wisely. But by wisely he meant congruently. We know that the hypocrite-police are out there with their radar guns… just watching for professing Christians to violate their sense of morality — and that they don’t go to church to avoid sitting with those hypocrites. But beyond that, there’s a whole world watching — and more so than ever electronically.

It is more important than ever to watch your tongue … and your pixels. Let’s take a lesson from Scripture where the psalmist prayed “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalm 141:3, ESV). That’s just the ticket.

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