Anyone else about to tie themselves to the nearest tree out of desperation to escape the vial nature of this election season? Am I the only one that daily seems to say, “I can’t believe someone thought it was ok to say that?” (This would be a good time to humor me and say, no.) And, is it just me, or has this turned into some odd version of “The Hunger Games” and things that should be offensive to even the most hardened heart flow from the mouths of folks like water down a waterfall? And when did we lose that “My Grandma Taught Me” mentality about things that we just shouldn’t ever say, just because we chose to be a decent human being?
This past weekend, a verse was brought to my attention in the message at church. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind all week. Wondering, how did we get to this point where the things even “Christians” are saying are so vial that lightening doesn’t come down from the heavens and strike their tongue? Where people actually think it’s acceptable to sit down at the computer and type words that bring such hurt to others?
That verse was Luke 6:45: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The part that just keeps resonating in my head and heart is “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” When someone speaks, we see their heart. Wow.
If I apply this to my Facebook feed, my heart is just heavy. When did it become acceptable to call our fellow Christians words such as, “Stupid”, “Dumb”, “Idiot”….when did it become acceptable to type out racist and bigoted words for the world to see? Am I to judge those words to be the heart of that person? When did it become acceptable to tear down one another in anonymity without any guilt? Are we really in a game of “survival of the fittest” where the winners are those who succeed to the top by eating their own?
And then I go to Matthew 15:17-18: “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”
I, personally, have made no attempt to disguise my political choices. I have, however, made a very conscious attempt to choose my words carefully. If I choose words that hurt or tear down someone else, then is that my heart? Is that what someone that doesn’t know me will use to define me? I should hope that we are all so mindful of what our foot tries to put into our mouth that we stop and do that “heart check.” Will these words serve a good? Just because I can say these words, should I?
Sadly, I’ve seen the foot talk instead of the heart even amongst those who have committed to support one another. It’s human nature, I get it….but if those words will hurt someone…cause someone to stumble…isn’t it better to just choose to not say them and let your heart speak instead of that stinky foot?
Maybe, I am alone in on this thought train. I just don’t see what good can come out of tearing others down to get to a point in the road. You get there, sure…but at what cost?
And before you get your panties all tied up thinking that I think I am all that and a bag of chips, I confess that I should likely stop tweeting “someone” is a fraud. I’ll start that now.
We have a stolen line from a movie we use often in this house….when we see something or hear something that we just want to jump into like a fly into honey…well…we just say, “Smile and Wave boys, Smile and Wave.”
So, may we all smile and wave and speak with our heart and not our foot.