The American Christian has for the most part has departed from God’s Word, known in the Bible Belt as “The B.I.B.L.E”. Like the Children of Israel there is a mass exodus from “living” God’s Word. We attend church and agree with the preacher and some will even say “amen” … but once the throngs of church goers leave the pews and exit out the doors it is back to my own word and the theory of “I’ll do and say as I please” … I mean after all my soul is safe from hell’s fire. Right? Enter Facebook, conversations, gossip (prayer concerns they’re called) and Christians demean everyone from Sports heroes to the President thinking all is fair game since they are public figures. The demeaning comes out of the mouths of those who praise God on Sunday but malign those created in His image during the week. However, God’s Word, the Bible has much to say about how we as Christians are talk and treat one another and those outside the circle of the saved.
Luke 6:36 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Proverbs 24:17-18 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, 18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him
Like I said … God’s Word is packed with how to control the heart, mind and mouth … we as those who say we believe God’s Word should start with living with what we believe. It is not wrong to state an opinion, but when words are used to inflame, defame, demoralize the other person, God says we are sinning. It’s not wrong to disagree with someone, such as the President of the United States, the guy at work, but when you purposely use your words to drag them down and beat them up with your words, God says you are wrong and in sin.
Where do I stand in this … GUILTY! I have made my fair share of cutting remarks with an attempt to hurt, degrade etc. another person created in the image of God. I am confessing my sin and seeking the power of the Spirit to control the tongue. I would suggest we all do likewise, not because I am saying it, but because God’s Word says to do it.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.