James 1: 26-27
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
It’s no secret that Americans are an opinionated brood. We pride ourselves on our God -given rights, even when we denounce the very existence of God. Our favorite right above all- the freedom of speech- our First Amendment right. In recent years, Americans have taken this right to its furthest extreme.
I have a number of friends from many walks of life. Some are from outside of the US, and others are Americans. On any given day, my news feed is filled with people attempting to influence others towards their opinions on what to believe, who to support, who is oppressed, and why those who oppose those ideas are subhuman.
Christians, it’s time to put an end to the hateful speech. I am talking about the way we are handle ourselves on social media, with regards to social and political issues. While not every post is denigrating, the vast majority are. And as we post our opinions, our children and teens are watching. We’re teaching our kids that it is acceptable to exercise our first amendment rights regardless of who it hurts.
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 12:18 Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing.
Matthew 12:36-37 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”