For By Your Words …

I appreciate the opportunity I have to share my thoughts in this blog. I’m also grateful for the open door to contribute to the Big Government site, which I’ve done on numerous occasions now. In both instances, my goal is to speak truth, recognizing that no one has a handle on all truth. I believe what I write is truthful, as I seek to base it on Biblical principles, yet I can never claim to possess comprehensive truth—that eludes all men during this temporary stay on this old earth. There will be a time, though, when that will change. The apostle Paul declares,

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully …

So, for now, I must acknowledge limitations, but that doesn’t mean Christians never should speak forcefully. We’re told,

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them. … All things become visible when they are exposed by the light.

There are a lot of unfruitful deeds of darkness in our world. If I can point to those as a warning, I will do so. One of the best ways to do it is through humor, which is why I use cartoons rather freely. I want to shine a light on hypocrisy, false ideologies, and deceptions, and expose them for what they are.

There is a way to do this … and then there is another way that’s neither Christian nor effective.

I wrote a piece for Big Government this week that highlighted the possibility that President Obama might be able to be defeated in 2012. I don’t hide my desire for that defeat because I believe that what he promotes is unbiblical and destructive to the nation. There are many others who agree with me on that, but some of them lack the proper spirit of disagreement.

I’m referring specifically to the comments on my latest Big Government posting. If you take even a few minutes to scan them at that site, you can be disheartened by the crudeness, vehemence, and bitterness that dominates. The commenters aren’t attacking me; in fact, most agree with my view, but the spite that emanates from many of them is rather sickening.

Now, I know not to expect too much from a comments section on any blog. The opportunity to vent is a great attraction for those who are angry. But it does grieve me to read some of this bile. Jesus, the One who is truth, noted,

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. … But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

I always want to keep in mind this Scriptural admonition:

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. … Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. … Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Those words apply to us all.