Did your mother ever tell you this, “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”? Even if your mother never told you this, I bet you’ve heard it from others and have probably repeated it yourself. I am self-aware enough to admit that I talk a lot. Especially when I’m passionate about something. If you know me personally you know this fact is true!
Right now this nation—this world looks like it's gone to the birds! Every time you turn on the TV there is some sort of injustice. Some aspect of debauchery. Some sentiment of hate, ill will, political rivalry that honestly contributed to making me physically sick this weekend.
Let me be real.
I was disappointed and disgusted to the point that I wanted to either speak out or disengage. Honestly, none of those options would have been helpful.
So, I turned to Facebook (yes you guessed it).
I’d had enough. People were going to hear what I had to say and I wasn’t going to hold back any punches. I was going to put in my two cents, forget that, I was about to withdraw my account and throw in all the cash!
But every time I typed a post, something caused me to delete it before I hit “post”. What was it? It was the conviction caused by a simple proverb written by the wisest man who ever lived.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)
The word that I was about to speak was not going to be served on a silver platter but on a platter of frustration, anger, and disappointment. Thank God that the Holy Spirit in God’s grace held me back from speaking in that vain.
Why do I share this?
- Right now there is a lot of raw emotion with what’s happening in our country. Let’s be honest. Things are messed up! If you say you can’t see it or feel like it will blow over, then honestly, you are part of the problem.
- We (notice I said WE), who consider ourselves Christians, cannot stand aloof and watch injustices happen without speaking up (Psalm 82:3-4). However, “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Let’s be conscious of our communication. Let’s choose solutions over slander.
- Jesus has won. No matter what we see or what we hear we have this promise: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I'll end with this.
You'll hear and read a lot of opinions in the news and social media. Some things you will agree with, others you will not. As you consider your response, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:6)