“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
(James 3:5–10 ESV)
I was on one of my infrequent passes through the land of cursing those made in the likeness of God, also known as Facebook.
One of my Facebook “friends” (who doesn’t like me at all) was joining in the popular chorus railing on undocumented migrants.
“Wetbacks” was the term he used.
Evidently, one of the ways some are making America great again is through the renewed use of ethnic slurs.
I could’ve been shocked, but nothing shocks me any more when it comes to how we use our tongues, or how our tongues express themselves through our communications.
Other friends (some who like me, and some who don’t) spend large chunks of their days posting curses against those who disagree with them politically.
Christians are upholding the faith once delivered by creating labels for people they don’t want to share space with that don’t contain profanity, but in reality are as profane as hell.
They are “godless” or “enemies of God” therefore anything goes, unless you cuss.
We’re too holy to cuss, but not to curse.
The world, the flesh, and the devil have conspired again to make Christianity and Christians less than they are.
They have sold us the lie that “those people” were not created in the image of God, that they are the work of Satan and they deserve whatever scorn we heap on them.
We demand the upholding of our sexual and social ethics by violating biblical ethics taught in passages we’d rather avoid.
Passages like this…
Brothers (and sisters), these things ought not to be so.
You can’t spread evil and poison mixed with the Gospel…the poison will kill both the Gospel and the hearer…and you.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
(Proverbs 18:21 ESV)
Our “enemies” are people created in the image of God, people Christ died for.
Our job isn’t to make America great again, but to represent the kingdom of God and our King and His greatness.
We need to repent.
I’ll go first…
You should see some of the stuff I’ve deleted.
Make your own application…